DXARTS partners with the Burke Museum for The Big Draw

The Big Draw
The Big Draw logo

Come to the Burke and flex your drawing muscles! For one day only, the Burke Museum is partnering with DXARTS to turn the museum into a giant art studio. We provide the paper, drawing tools, and models—we have more than 15 million to choose from—you provide the creativity!

October 4th is the 14th annual Big Draw Day—the world's largest drawing festival. On this day, all over the world, thousands of people of all ages, skills, and backgrounds take part in a worldwide celebration of drawing. Here's how we're celebrating at the Burke:

  • Drawing from Nature: We'll have a room full of objects from our collections for you to draw. Be among the first to try a brand new drawing tool called the NeoLucida. It's a nifty gizmo that allows you to trace what you see!
  • It's Our World Mural: The theme of this year's Big Draw is "It's Our World." We've created a giant mural showing the amazing landscape of the Pacific Northwest, but it's looking pretty empty--we need you to grab a crayon, marker, or pencil to bring it to life!
  • Robert Twomey's Drawing Machine: Alright, its official name is "Convex Mirror" and it's a remarkable machine invented by artist-scientist-engineer Robert Twomey. It uses a CNC plotter, fisheye lens, and custom software to draw what it sees around it. It will be drawing you while you make your own drawings! 
  • Inspiration Everywhere: Pick a spot—any spot anywhere in the Museum—and draw! Grab a clipboard, pull up a stool, or flop down on the floor and draw whatever you want. You can take your drawings home with you or add them to our clothesline gallery for everyone to enjoy.

Are you on Instagram? Tag the @burkemuseum and #TheBigBurkeDraw to add to our digital gallery! We can't wait to see what you create!

This event is presented in partnership with DXARTS, the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, at the University of Washington.

Burke Museum
Sat., Oct. 4, 2014 | 10 am – 5 pm 
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members.