For the first year ever, Belfast is joining in the fun of The Big Draw with a free sketch-fest Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St.

The Big Draw is an annual celebration of drawing happening around the world in more than 20 countries, with 280,000 people expected to join in more than 1,000 events. The Big Draw offers thousands of enjoyable, free drawing activities that connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators and each other. These events are for those who love to draw, as well as for those who think they can't.

Waterfall Arts' Youth and Families Outreach Coordinator Bridget Matros said the timing is perfect: “We've started having free art parties for kids every month, and this month is The Big Draw. Why not invite everyone to the party?"

There is no need to worry about "what to draw," as inspiring activities will include drawing in 3-D (no special skills required; 3-D glasses available); jumbo doodles and Zentangling; an Exquisite-Corpse-a-Thon; sketchbook challenges; Local Celebrity Win, Lose, or Draw; and free-draw using a variety of materials, all provided by Waterfall Arts. From scribbling babies to professional artists, there will be something for everyone.

Matros described the event as not an art class but an art party — big, silly and over the top.

“If it's sunny, we hope to roll huge paper out the windows from the second story of the building to the ground. If it rains, we'll cover a studio in paper floor to ceiling and go for it," she said.

Adults are welcome to try out the live model figure drawing session that happens at Waterfall Arts every Saturday morning, from 9:30 a.m. to noon; the drop-in fee is $15 and, for this week only, drawing materials will be provided for first-timers.

The Big Draw and other Affordable All Ages Art Happenings (AAAAH) at Waterfall Arts are made possible by a generous grant from the Quimby Foundation, the Maine Arts Commission and through public support. For more information, to donate supplies, volunteer or sponsor an event, contact Waterfall Arts at 338-2222. More information about the Big Draw in Belfast can be found at or on the Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or