Welcome to the BIG DRAW-Ruskin Schedule

The BIG DRAW-Ruskin is a season of sponsored drawing and arts events in Ruskin, Florida and around the Southshore and Tampa Bay Area. The BD-R is linked to the International Campaign for Drawing and invites & supports BIGDRAW events, workshops, classes (and a major community public art project) during the month of October; all open to the public and free (a few events require a nominal materials fee — which is noted in the description).

This blog is your source for the latest information on BIG DRAW-Ruskin and area BIGDRAW events. You can use the Labels list to the right to find an event by date, host, age (we feature events for adults, teens, kids, and all-ages), location, etc.

New events are posted regularly. New listings invited!

NOW HERE'S THE TRICK: Postings are not in chronological order. To view events during a seven day period in October, select the week from the Labels column on the right.

Calendar is here. Downloadable schedule here.

Reservations for BIGDRAW STUDIO workshops or mini-classes are made in person or by phone at Ruskin Branch Library during library hours. 813.273.3652; T, W, TH, 10-7; F, S, 10-6; Closed Sunday & Monday

We look forward to seeing you Make Your Mark!

The BIG DRAW-Ruskin Team

20091101

BIG DRAW LAUNCH – Community Mural (ongoing)

BIG DRAW LAUNCH – Community Mural
August 15 thru Early November Completion
Artist-In-Residence & Project Director: Josette Urso
Mural & Workshop Site: Mary & Martha House
100 E Shell Point Rd, Ruskin
Sponsored by SSAC & Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center

Ongoing design & creation workshops and core mural group
participation for school age children and adults. Participants
work with artist on the creation of a mural for a landmark
building in Ruskin, FL. Opportunities for individual & group
participation throughout the design and painting process.
For more information: 813.641.8635 or info@bigdrawruskin.org

20091031

RUSKIN BIGDRAW–IN

RUSKIN BIGDRAW–IN
Community Family Event & Celebration
Oct 10th, 10am – 2pm
Mural Site; Mary & Martha House – 2nd Hand Rose
100 E. Shell Point Rd, Ruskin, 33570
Free, Open to the public, All Ages

HOSTS: Tampa Museum of Art, SouthShore Arts Council, Mary & Martha House

A festive day of outdoor Arts Activities for the whole family on International Drawing Day. Participate in a range of fun activities, see the community mural in procress and enjoy music and food at the unique Mary & Martha House mural site.

STUDIO VISIT РMary GrandPré

STUDIO VISIT РMary GrandPré
Illustrator of Harry Potter (& much more!)
Saturday, October 3rd; 4 – 5:30pm
BIGDRAW Studio, 613 US-41, Ruskin

Free & Open Event, As space available
Info: 813.641.8635 or info@bigdrawruskin.org
Sponsored by SSAC thru Phoenix Grant

Join Mary GrandPre’, Illustrator of the Harry Potter Series---and so much more--as she discusses her work and studio practice as an artist. She’ll show and talk about original works from children’s books as well as her creative process work leading to the development of finished pieces---and her interests, ideas and considerations along the way. An informal afternoon studio talk with an artist whose work spans children’s books, magazines, advertising and animated film.

20091030

SWIMMING IN THE SEA OF PAPER-MACHE

SWIMMING IN THE SEA OF PAPER-MACHE
A day of giant puppet & creature creating - Workshop
BIG DRAW STUDIO, 613 US-41, Ruskin
October 10th, 9:30am - 4:30pm Ages Teens 13+ & Adult
Visiting Artist: Sara Peattie

Free, Materials Provided
Sign-up begins Sept 15th, Ruskin Branch Library
One Dickman Dr SE, or 813.273.3652
SouthShore Arts Council

Come create your very own sea creature to swim in the Big Draw sea and
also, perhaps, in the street. We will be making large sea serpents, fishes, and other sea critters from simples materials. A one day workshop experience with Puppeteer Sara Peattie of Boston’s Puppeteers Cooperative. Lunch at BIG DRAW-IN.

Limit 20 workshop participants— Drop-in observers & helpers welcome.

20091029

DRAWING MARATHON EXTRAVAGANZA

DRAWING MARATHON EXTRAVAGANZA – 2 Day Intensive Workshop:

BIG DRAW STUDIO, 613 US-41, Ruskin
October 23 & 24 , Friday & Saturday, 10 am – 5pm each day
Visiting Artist: Marjorie Greene

Materials & Model Fee - $70
Sign-Up begins September 7, Limit 16
Contact: Bmarsh3@tampabay.rr.com or 813.641.8635
Registration will be complete when payment is made.
SouthShore Arts Council

Commit yourself to a 2 day drawing marathon extravaganza. This intense all day activity is open to all students interested in increasing their understanding and perception of the visual world. Participants will work in a large studio with a massive set-up and live clothed models. Projects will be executed in charcoal on large 4'x5' paper. This 2day immersion in drawing will culminate in an informal critique and exhibit. What to bring, directions, & additional info will be provided upon registration. For more info on the workshop experience: greene.marjorie@spcollege.edu

MOLAS – Drawings in Cloth -Workshop

MOLAS – Drawings in Cloth -Workshop
BIG DRAW STUDIO, 613 US-41, Ruskin
October 10th, 2pm - 5pm Ages Teens 13+ & Adult
Visiting Artist: Sheryl Haler

Free, Materials Provided
Sign-up begins Sept 15th, Ruskin Branch Library
One Dickman Dr SE, or 813.273.3652
SouthShore Arts Council

MOLAS are: “A movable feast of walking pictures…” the symbolic language of earthbound man . . . “The sun-drenched families of red, orange, and yellow which . . . reflect the spoken and unspoken history of the mythic past and inventive present.”-MOLAS Folk Art of the Cuna Indians

In the spirit of the Kuna Indians of the San Blas Islands, explore the process of drawing bold designs with layers of cloth and simple stitched thread to speak of local mythology, extended family and contemporary life. Create images of nature in everyday life, images conjured from dreams, fantasies and pure imagination … or contemporary comics, trademarks, labels and advertisements. Bring scissors and thimble, if you have them.

20091028

BETWEEN LINES & LAYERS –Workshop

BETWEEN LINES & LAYERS –Workshop
Creating digital montage with traditional media
DIGITAL COMPUTER LAB/STUDIO at Southshore Regional Library
3-Session Workshop, Mondays, Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 2; 6:30-8:30pm;
Adults, Teens 15+--All Levels
Visiting Artist: Dolores Coe

Free, Materials Provided
Sign-up begins Sept 15th, Ruskin Branch Library
One Dickman Dr SE, or 813.273.3652

Jump into a hands-on introductory workshop in three parts that is focused on integrating drawing, painting, printmaking and photographic processes-- with digital media using Adobe PhotoShop/Elements. We will begin with a basic introduction to PhotoShop as a medium as well as a tool—and an ultimate collage machine. Then we’ll move to explore a range of digital processes and exploratory approaches to creating montage compositions, ending with a printed piece.

Experiment with compositions that may become works in digital form, or the basis of studies to develop in other media. Bring a sketchbook to start—a small drawing or drawing fragment, if you have it—and we’ll gather our sources along the way.

EXTREME PERSPECTIVES: Drawing for the BigDome Workshop

EXTREME PERSPECTIVES: Drawing for the BigDome -Workshop

Meets at Bishop Planetarium/ South Florida Museum
201 10th Street West | Bradenton Florida 34205
Saturday, October 24, 3:30-6:30pm,
Adults, Teens 15+
Visiting Artists: Claudia Cumbie-Jones & Lance Ford Jones

FREE: Reserve Space through Ruskin Branch Library
One Dickman Dr SE, or Phone 813.273.3652 OR by Email: info@bigdrawruskin.org
Sponsored by SouthShore Arts Council & Bishop Planetarium
www.southfloridamuseum.org (Directions available)

The ceiling of the state-of-the-art Bishop Planetarium is your canvas

This workshop is for anyone interested in how drawing can intersect with New Media outlets such as full Dome (google it!) or just anyone who enjoys pushing the boundaries of perspective drawing. We will meet in the state-of-the-art Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum, in Bradenton. Exploring perspective beyond the traditional one, two, and three-point techniques, we will survey “distorted” drawings (anamorphic projection, distorted grid, fisheye, etc) and focus on fisheye distortion for full Dome projection. There will be time for workshop participants to create images which we will then process and project onto the planetarium dome. No experience necessary!

Participants will work with traditional drawing media; Basic materials will be provided. Bring your sketchbook, we will provide scanning capabilities to get your drawings up on the dome. (You may also bring your own laptop, Mac or PC, as long as it has a USB port—if you would like to work digitally.)


BETWEEN LINES & LAYERS –

BETWEEN LINES & LAYERS –

Creating digital montage with traditional media –A Workshop in 3 sessions
DIGITAL COMPUTER LAB/STUDIO***
at Southshore Regional Library
Mondays, October 12, 19, 26; 6:30-8:30pm;
Adult, All Levels
Visiting Artist: Dolores Coe

Free, Materials Provided
Sign-up begins Sept 15th, Ruskin Branch Library
One Dickman Dr SE, or 813.273.3652


Jump into a hands-on introductory workshop in three parts that is focused on integrating drawing, painting, printmaking and photographic processes-- with digital media using Adobe PhotoShop/Elements. We will begin with a basic introduction to PhotoShop as a medium as well as a tool—and ultimate collage' machine-- and move to explore a broad range of digital processes and exploratory approaches to creating montage compositions.

Participants will create montage piece/s based on individual direction and choice of imagery. These may become finished works--or studies and source material to pursue in other media. Bring sketchbook to start--and a drawing element, if you have it. We'll be gathering source material along the way.

20091027

“mixed-messages”: drawing and mixing information –Workshop

“mixed-messages”: drawing and mixing information –Workshop

BIG DRAW STUDIO, 613 US-41, Ruskin
Wednesday, October 14th, 6-9pm
Adults 18+, Artists of all Levels, Arts Educators
Visiting Artist: Robert Farber

Free - Shared Materials Provided
Sign-up begins Sept 15th, Ruskin Branch Library
One Dickman Dr SE, or 813.273.3652
SPONSORED BY TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART

Participants will be working to create drawing(s) that combine disparate images, information and materials that have a meaningful significance to the individual artist. The workshop will explore the formal and conceptual properties necessary for constructing an informational drawing.

What To bring: **digital images printed on Matte paper.
If you have your own: Artist Brushes: a variety of Sizes, Pencils/Pens/ Scissors, Matt Knife/Utility Knife, Ruler, Needle/Thread, Small hair dryer to speed-up the drying time, if you have one

WORKSHOP PROVIDES the drawing paper, and all other art materials to be used. An assortment of the above will be available to share as well.

Collage Elements: Bring ANY material(s) you respond to for possible inclusion in your work. i.e. photographic images, newspaper/magazine clippings, Xerox images, text, written letters etc. Recommended: Other stuff you might consider bringing to be used or deconstructed: Stencils, rubber stamps, dress patterns, wallpaper samples etc .Large Format Books: Photography/Art/History etc./Children’s Books/Old/Vintage Books/ Textbooks/ Atlases/Maps/Novels/Dictionaries/Journals/Accounting Ledgers

20091008

THE ARTIST’S BOOK- Making Your Sketchbook/Journal

THE ARTIST’S BOOK- Making Your Sketchbook/Journal
(The book and what to do with it!) Workshop
BIG DRAW STUDIO, 613 US-41, Ruskin
October 3rd, 9:30am-12:30, Ages 15 - 105
Visiting Artist: Patrick Lindhardt

Free, Materials Provided
Sign-up begins Sept 15th, Ruskin Branch Library
One Dickman Dr SE, or 813.273.3652
SouthShore Arts Council

Make you own traditional book and book cover in this workshop that introduces basic construction techniques in bookmaking and guides participants through the process of creating one book structure. End with a sketchbook to use, ideas for what to do with it, and tips for other book forms and structures to explore. Concentration in this workshop on Japanese Stab Binding.