The 2016 Big Draw Festival, world’s biggest drawing event, happens annually on October 1.
I am participating in this celebration of drawing, by facilitating a free drop-in drawing activity at The Britannia Drawing Jam.
The activity I’m offering is based on one of The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, developed in the 60’s by psychologist Ellis Paul Torrance. The Incomplete Figure test challenges a person to make a drawing from a given linear shape.
Using my partner and my son as guinea pigs, I gave them the Torrance Incomplete Figure test, with the help of some sticky notes, and while sipping smoothies at our local sidewalk cafe (Best smoothies!).
Of course, artists knew about this process long before Torrance.
This activity is doodle and game-oriented and draws out the inner-magination.
In my version, we give each other the challenge by making up our own marks.
And for anyone who wants to come to my table and do their own thing, on this day of celebrating the joy of drawing, I say, “More power to you!”
Creativity is our birthright.
Check out the city-wide Vancouver Big Draw events.