Bring your creativity to “The Big Draw”

27 August 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 27, 2010) – Want to get the creative juices flowing? Then check out “The Big Draw” on Saturday, Sept. 11. Drawing activities for all ages will be offered from noon to 5 p.m. at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, 16 E. 43rd St.

Intended for the whole family, “The Big Draw” will feature five artist-led sessions where participants will learn about a variety of drawing styles and approaches. Materials will be provided. Several of the artists are KCAI alumni.

In addition, the event will feature “The Fundred Dollar Bill Project.” In partnership with Chameleon, the Artspace invites event attendees to participate in the nationwide Fundreds community arts project conceived by artist Mel Chin. The project’s aim is to leverage $300 million from the U.S. Congress to create gardens that will clean the contaminated soil in New Orleans. To join in, draw your “Fundred Dollar Bill.”

Seating is limited so RSVP for one or all sessions to Michael Schonhoff at 816-561-5563 or

Artist-Led Drawing Sessions

Session #1    Noon – 12:45 p.m.
Vegetable-Based Organic Mapping  (V-BOM)
Led by Hmh Services (Lacey Wozny (’05 illustration) and Neal Wilson)
This session will employ techniques of making organic inks and the use of vegetable stamp printing. Participants will use these techniques for the mapping, diagramming and route following of personal, historic, mental, material, hypothetical or real spaces. The session will explore the potentialities inherent in V-BOM for individual and collaborative drawings.

Session #2    1 – 1:45 p.m.   
Sign Drawing
Led by Dylan Mortimer (’02 painting)
Participants will explore the possibilities of sign making using a variety of materials and concepts looking at multiple meanings and images.

Session #3    2 – 2:45 p.m.
Outside the Box   
Led by Juniper Tangpuz
Tangpuz will make an interactive sculpture that contains objects inside. Participants will guess what the objects are by using their imaginations and the textures or edges that they feel on paper. The shapes of the sculpture and its contents are revealed at the end of the session. The concept is to take away one sensation and ask participants to rely on another sensation to understand an object. With these limitations participants must relay on their imaginations in order to draw what they believe is the object. The session creates an experience for the participant and observes the recorded interaction in the drawings.

Session #4    3 – 3:45 p.m.   
What’s Round You?
Led by Patrick Alexander
Using mixed media drawing and collage, Alexander will share his techniques to be utilized and collaborated upon in the participant’s drawings.

Session #5    4 – 4:45 p.m.   
Text, Stickers and Subtext
Led by Sammy Persons (’09 sculpture)
The session will focus on the use of vinyl letters and mass-produced stickers to create a subtext of language. This subtext is the cultural language given to children within the pictorial form of stickers. By amalgamating a hybrid of literal text and metaphorical text, the participants explore the ranges of inherent and projected meaning.

About the H&R Block Artspace  

Since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute has been dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for students, educators, artists, arts enthusiasts and the general public. The Artspace is located at 16 E. 43rd St., one block east of Main Street. Public hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information about upcoming exhibitions and public programs, visit the Artspace on the Web at or call 816-561-5563.

About the Kansas City Art Institute

Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2010, the Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at

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