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


Making Space/Drawing Air...Workshop

Making Space/Drawing Air...Workshop

Big Draw Studio, 613 US-41, Ruskin, FL
Wednesday, October 28, 6-9pm
Adults & Teens
Visiting Artist: Bruce Marsh

Free, Materials Provided
Sign-up begins Sept. 15, Ruskin Branch Library
One Dickman Dr. SE, Ruskin, FL
(813) 273-3652

Using line and shape to explore means of opening space in the flat page. We'll consider the clues to space we all use in every day life, and how they can be translated into drawing. We'll explore a wide range of possibilities; including overlap, relative size, light and dark, pattern and texture, and focus.

We will use both charcoal and collage, in an exploratory and trial and error and 'painterly' fashion, to make drawings which invoke some sense of spatialty or openess or recession or... space. It is so familiar, and so very difficult to define. You should come away much more aware of the process of seeing, and of how you decode the complex spaces around you with such ease and accuracy!