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The Big Draw — Oxygen Art Centre community online drawing program

By Contributor
April 26th, 2021

Oxygen Art Centre presents an online community drawing program, The Big Draw throughout May 2021.

The Big Draw Festival is a worldwide celebration of drawing where the language of drawing is used as a tool for learning, expression, and invention. 

The 2021 theme for The Big Draw is “Make the Change.” The festival states, “In 2021, we want to take action, to explore and discover ways to live in balance with the world around us, to reconnect with each other and demand a better world for future generations.” 

Participants are invited to pick-up a free art supply kit at Oxygen Art Centre on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 12- 3 p.m. until supplies last. Kits include the sketchbook crawl calendar and drawing materials. Oxygen is located at #3-320 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC, alleyway entrance.

Weekly exercises will be released throughout the month of May 2021 through Oxygen’s social media channels and website, as well as a live online event held via Zoom on Saturday, May 29, 2021 from 1 – 2 p.m. Everyone welcome to attend. R.S.V.P. to the event by emailing

Oxygen’s The Big Draw Facilitator, Anita Levesque, developed a series of all-ages community drawing exercises inspired by the theme, “Make the Change.” Exercises will be available online for community members, families, and drawing enthusiasts to learn new skills, share documentation of their work online, and explore the connections between activism and creativity through the act of drawing.

The Big Draw is a free community drawing celebration taking place throughout May 2021 via Oxygen’s online channels. Weekly exercises will include a mixture of drawing exercises to explore in both your homes and outside in nature. A final Zoom event will celebrate the month-long drawing festival on Saturday, May 29th from 1 – 2 p.m.. Drop in anytime or join us for the entire hour of drawing. R.S.V.P. to attend by emailing

The Big Draw is generously supported by Osprey Community Foundation, Nelson and District Credit Union, and Nelson Lions Club.


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