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Sharpen your pencils for the Big Draw

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 21 September 2004

21 September 2004

Sharpen your pencils for the Big Draw

Ever been inspired to paint a peak or draw a dale?

Now even artistic beginners can have their chance - for free - with an invitation to take part in the Big Draw on Sunday 3 October in Lathkill Dale, part of the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve.

One of more than 1,000 Big Draw events across the country, the Secret Bones of Lathkill Dale will enable people of all abilities to try their hand amid spectacular scenery, under the guidance of a professional artist.

The Lathkill Dale event is organised jointly by the Peak District National Park Authority and English Nature, who will provide all the materials participants may need.

Booking is essential as places are limited to 20 at the two sessions, one in the morning and another in the afternoon.

The morning session, from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Monyash end of the dale, will include fossils, old quarry workings and views of the dale.

The afternoon session, which starts at 2pm at Over Haddon, will visit a mine, fossil beds and Bateman's house. People taking part will be inspired by Lathkill Dale's ancient beauty and history and will be able to produce their own works of art.

The Big Draw was started four years ago by the Guild of St George, founded by Victorian artist and writer John Ruskin whose mission was to teach people not just to draw but to see.

The morning session, as it includes a quarry, is not suitable for children under eight or people with walking difficulties. Would-be artists should wear strong footwear.

To book and for more information please contact English Nature on 01629 816640.

This is an archived press release

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