Big Draw: National Drawing Day

National Drawing Day | Saturday 16 May 2020 11pm - 3pm

The Big Draw at National Design & Craft Gallery

Each year to celebrate National Drawing Day, we invite people of all ages to experience lots of FREE creative family fun and inventive artistry inspired by our exibitions programme. For National Drawing Day 2020 our activities were inspiried by the makers work on dispaly in our current ‘Generation’ exhibition. If you could not join us on the day, then not to worry for we have taken 'The Big Draw' virtual. This means that throughout the year you are can use our Big Draw webpage as rescouce to engage with our wide range of virtual national drawing day workshops and activities. We have uploaded our recorded live workshops and conversations with Award winning illustrator Kim Sharkey, NDCG Junior Crafts Club Volunteers and  goldsmith Marie Wilgaard Kelly. For more family fun, we recommend a selection of online workshops created by our education panel members available below. Families will be encouraged to use readily available materials found at home. 

Recorded Zoom Workshops & Activities

Accordion Book Making with Mono Print
Join multi-media artist and award winning illustrator Kim Sharkey for her ‘Accordion Book Making with Mono Print’ Zoom workshop. Children will learn how to create their own accordion books using cardboard and Paper. Kim guides children in the making process, demonstrating each stage to create a book with beautifully illustrated mono printed scenes. This workshop is inspired by the work of ‘Generation’ exhibiter ceramist Mark Campden and his dad Edgar’s use of visual notebooks. Materials are: A4 Sheet of paper or hard card + some harder card (old birthday card or cereal box), ruler, pencil, scissors, glue-stick, oil pastel, or alternatives such as crayon or coloured drawing pencils, Vaseline (alternatively us thick moisturising cream or liquid soap). Suitable for age 6 – 12yrs. Click here

In Conversation with NDCG Junior Crafts Club Volunteers                                                                            Join Emma Wilgaard Kelly, 9 years and her mum Marie Wilgaard Kelly for a recorded conversation with audience members as they discuss and share their family drawings from three generations of their family. Suitable for families of all ages. Recorded interview coming soon! 

Technical Drawing with Goldsmith Marie Wilgaard Kelly
Explore how a technical drawing feeds into the making process of a hollow form ring with Goldsmith Marie Wilgaard Kelly in a ‘Technical Drawing’ recorded zoom workshop. Marie will gives a step by step guide on how to create a technical drawing, demonstrating each stage before showcasing her hand made ring. This workshop is suitable for both secondary school students and jewellery makers. Participants will gain a deeper understanding on how to create technical drawings of 3 dimensional objects. Materials are: pencil, compass, T-square, set square, paper, drawing board, rubber. Suitable for Teens/Adults. Click here 

Creative Book Competition!
To celebrate National Drawing Day @NDCGallery with multi-media artist @KimSharkey host a crafted and illustrated bookmaking competition!We invite children and teens to record their own experience of this historic time in a creative book.

For inspiration check out Kim’s workshop Accordion Book Making with Mono Print. Consideration will be given to illustrated narrative and inventiveness of crafted book. Categories 6-12 years & 13-18 years, with one winner from each group. Prizes includes a singed copy of #MórAgusMuilc illustrated by Kim and  €40 voucher for @EvansArtsSupplies

To enter please email images of your book and description of illustrative narrative to Closing date deadline has bow been extended to 30 June 2020. 

Design & Craft Council Ireland Online Workshops

Made, Found & Foraged Drawing Tools for Mark Making Using Natural Colours with Kim Sharkey. Click here

Wire & Mixed Media Sculpture with Enya Moore. Click here

Paper Weaving Colourful Patterns, inspired by Mourne Textiles with Carrie Lynam. Click here

Your Thumbprint Family Tree with Sinead Phelan. Click here

Stained Glass Jars with Fiona Byrne. Click here

Textured Block Prints with Carrie Lynam. Click here

Printing & Stencilling with Maeve Hunter. Click here

Pom Pom Flowers with Sandra Mc Allister. Click here

Virtual Tours

Generation Exhibition, National Design & Craft Gallery. Click here

We would love for you to share your creative drawing explorations with us, so that we can share with others. Please email images to

Submissions will be shared across the NDCG website and social channels. Images should be photographed on a flat service in a bright environment, and where possible in landscape format.

*By submitting content you agree to give permission to NDCG to share the content where applicable