The Big Draw Festival




  • All the family
  • Under 5s
  • School age
  • Adults






Take part in the worldwide festival of drawing, as we explore art as a means for mindfulness for families and to support children’s mental wellbeing.

The Big Draw | Events in Coventry

Taking place between 23 – 30 October (excluding Sunday) | 10.30am - 12.00pm & 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Creative experiences can be a way for children to express themselves, explore their feelings, and take time to reflect and relax. At the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, this October half term, we want to support children to work collaboratively with their family and friends to embrace creative opportunities that connect them with our collections, as they work towards creating a physical art piece using different art materials in an inspiring setting. We will be creating a large visual display throughout the week as part of The Big Draw Festival and would welcome children to leave one of their artworks with us to display in the Studio, but they are welcome to make more than one masterpiece, so they have something to take home too. Visit us again and again throughout the week to take part in different activities.

Designed for 5 – 11 years, but all are welcome!


  • £4.90 per child, including one accompanying adult.
  • Under 3s are free.

Daily Activities: Saturday 23, Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 October

Coloured Chalk Creations - Using large cardboard, we will invite children to reflect on their favourite things either from home or from one of the many items of wonder they will have discovered as they explore the museum. Using chalks and pastels, they will then spend time making big art pieces to add to our wall display in the Studio, that we’re hoping to fill as the week goes on!

Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 October

Collaborative Artworks - This activity is one for all the family, as we cover your tables with large rolls of paper. Using bold, black markers, each person in your group will draw images and thoughts of their own imaginings onto the paper, which will then be coloured using mess-free paint sticks.

Friday 29 & Saturday 30 October

Mindful, Musical Masterpieces - Move your hand to the rhythm of the music as we bring sound, emotive responses and drawing together to create unique line drawings that will become filled with colour as you enjoy the calming method of watercolour painting. Taking part in this activity will be a truly unique experience as we welcome Coventry Music Service to play live music for the first part of this workshop to create a truly memorable and inspiring experience as we bring our half term Big Draw Festival to a close.

Book online in advance!