October 2015: Big Draw encourages young artists


STUDENTS are being encouraged to draw, using pens, pencils, paints or even an iPad as part of The Big Draw.

Haslingden High School’s art department is backing the national initiative by encouraging all students to submit pictures they have created at home into a competition.

Subject Leader in Visual Arts Sally Tembo said: “The Big Draw is a national festival founded by Quentin Blake who illustrated the Roald Dahl books.

“The festival encourages people to draw for the love of it and not just because they are studying the subject.

“I started things off by holding a massive outdoor workshop in the quadrant, I have been drawing on a cello and holding workshops at break times and after school.

“The competition is for students to submit art they have created at home and I already have 30 entries. The competition closes at the end of the month and the student who creates the best picture will win art materials.”

Teaching assistant Andrew Holland is also a talented artist and has been running art classes for Able Gifted and Talented students.