Big Draw is a big success at Dunmow Library

PUBLISHED: 16:10 17 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:14 17 October 2017

Being part of the art, Paul Taylor draws a little girl. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERY

Being part of the art, Paul Taylor draws a little girl. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERY

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The annual Big Draw day at Dunmow Library on Saturday, October 14 with artists Paul Taylor and Anne Schwegmann-Fielding, was a big hit with families.

Artists Anne Schwegmann and Paul Taylor presenting (from left) Henry Winton, James Williams and Oliver Brady with their arts awards from last year's project. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERYArtists Anne Schwegmann and Paul Taylor presenting (from left) Henry Winton, James Williams and Oliver Brady with their arts awards from last year's project. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERY

Anne and Paul encouraged children to turn themselves into cartoon heroes and heroines and create their own new imaginary Dundoodle, a new breed of eco superheroes for Dunmow.

Artist Anne Schwegmann-Fielding working on Professor Pattern. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERYArtist Anne Schwegmann-Fielding working on Professor Pattern. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERY

The Mayor of Dunmow Councillor Danielle Frost and her family took part in the day along with 150 other children, parents and grandparents.

Making a Dundoodle. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERYMaking a Dundoodle. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERY

Organiser Catherine Mummery said: “It was wonderful to see the library so full of families drawing and being creative.

Artist Paul Taylor at the end of the day in the town square. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERYArtist Paul Taylor at the end of the day in the town square. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERY

“This event would not have been possible without the help of the library staff and a big thank you goes to the Dunmow Round Table and Arts Council England for the funding that enabled the day to take place.”

Artist Paul Taylor working on Baby Superhero. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERYArtist Paul Taylor working on Baby Superhero. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERY

Anne said: “It was great seeing families experimenting with different drawing techniques with help from Creative Dundoodles including Inspector Imagination and Colonel Colour before creating their own Dundoodle badge. Children and parents were so engrossed and enthusiastic that the day was a delight.”

Working on Colonel Colour. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERYWorking on Colonel Colour. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERY

Paul Taylor said: “There is only so much planning you can do for an event like this, ultimately it’s about the enthusiasm and creativity of the participants. It was so inspirational to see children work on drawings that were much bigger than them, with such fearlessness and energy.”

Working on giant Dundoodles. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERYWorking on giant Dundoodles. Picture: CATHERINE MUMMERY

More photos to follow.

The event, part of the International Big Draw Festival, also saw the launch of the Drawing In Dunmow Children’s Art Competition for ages five to 14. It’s free to enter. Youngsters are invited to design and draw or make their own Dundoodle super hero/heroine and hand in their artwork to the Dunmow Library by November 17.

The top prize is an animation workshop with the Saffron Walden based Anomic Multimedia. See: www.highstileprojects.co.uk or www.facebook/DrawingInDunmow

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