Pictures: Youngsters in Great Dunmow have been getting creative for the Big Draw

Great Dunmow Primary Reception Class pupils with their woodland creature collages.

Great Dunmow Primary Reception Class pupils with their woodland creature collages. - Credit: Archant

Glitter and colouring-in pens are taking over the area as children prepare for this year’s Drawing in Dunmow.

Youngsters at schools, clubs and play-groups have been getting involved by creating their own masterpieces to decorate the town for the event on Saturday, October 18.

As this year is the fifth annual Drawing in Dunmow Big Draw, organisers are going all out to put on an unforgettable day.

There will be five venues ­participating, six artists on hand and an Art Trail going through the town.

Drawing In Dunmow organiser Catherine Mummery said: “Winning the Drawing Inspiration Award for last year’s Big Draw, gaining a small grant from Essex County Council and having support from the St Mary’s Riverbank project give us just enough money to invite six fantastic artists to create some wonderful activities for this year’s Drawing In Dunmow Big Draw Day.”

Artists on the day will be Paul Taylor, Tom Jones, Kiran Chahal, Jevan Watkins-Jones, Nabil Ali and Ellen Jackson. They will be holding activities at the Dunmow Library, the Town Square, The Aubrey Art Gallery, Little Gosling’s Children’s Centre and St Mary’s Church and Riverbank.

The winning pictures from the Drawing in Dunmow, based on the theme It’s Our World, children’s art competition will be on display at The Aubrey Gallery alongside The Art of Print exhibition.

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And more competition entries will be on show in shops and cafes along the Art Trail, which will also feature artworks created by six local groups and schools.

Families will be able to pick up an Art Trail Activity Sheet from the five venues and participating shops and, thanks to the Town Team, there will be prizes to win for those completing the trail.

The free event runs 10am-3pm and all ages will be welcome to join in.