Ruskin’s fifth Annual Big Draw will be held during the month of October all around Ruskin. If you have ever wanted to attend a drawing or art workshop or just participate in a celebration of drawing and art, then here is your opportunity.

The Big Draw is an international event. Locally, the Big Draw will be kicked off on Saturday, September 29, with “Family Artists Big Draw Kick Off” at the SouthShore Regional Library, located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. Families will create accordion books. Teen and adult classes will be offered throughout the month. Please call for 273-3652 for information on classes.

According to Dolores Coe, with the Southshore Arts Council, “This year’s Big Draw will pick up on the 2012 International Campaign for Drawing’s Theme and artist Paul Klee’s famous line, ‘Take a Line for a Walk.'” Coe added, “From accordion books to figure drawing workshops to experimenting with combining line drawing and photography, there will be a range of fun and accessible activities for all ages and skill levels.”

The Firehouse Cultural Center, the SouthShore Arts Council and the Tampa Museum of Art will co-sponsor the International Day of Drawing on Saturday, October 13. The festivities will begin with a Big-Draw-a-thon for children at the Big Draw Studio, located at 613 N. U.S. Hwy 41 in Ruskin from 9-11 a.m. Then the Big Draw and Click event will take place at the Firehouse Cultural Center, located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin from 1-4 p.m. This event will feature activities that combine drawing with photography.

The Annual Big Draw Ruskin was started in 2008 to celebrate the vision of the town’s namesake, John Ruskin, a Victorian artist and writer.

Be sure to visit to keep up on classes and workshops as they are organized.

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.