STEAM at Stirchley Baths: Big Draw 2016

The Big Draw Festival is the biggest celebration of drawing in the world with 26 countries participating worldwide during the month of October. Stirchley Baths is delighted to be part of the 2016 event, working in collaboration with Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists who have their home at the Baths, and Leaf Creative Arts (workshop funded by Stirchley Community Group).

The theme of this year’s festival is STEAM – not the water vapour kind, although we love the fact that there would have been lots of steam in the sauna back in the day here! S.T.E.A.M is, in fact, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths! Read on to see how we are bringing these elements together at the event!

Suitable for all ages and abilities. EVERYONE is welcome to join us for this free event on Sunday 23 October,1-4pm. No need to book.

Change Kitchen Cafe will be open during the event.

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img_5493Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists

Science Meets Art in the Garden
Botanical Artists will be on hand to demonstrate and explain the relevance of their art in these modern times. Everyone will be welcome to have a go at drawing the plant material provided. The drop-in workshop is suitable for everyone interested in looking at plants in greater detail.

The Society held a successful Big Draw event in 2015 and will host two events in Birmingham in 2016.


linocut-mapLeaf Creative Arts: Roots and Routes 
How you got here, a linocut printmaking workshop 
Come and show us how you got here! Using the medium of linocut printmaking (and foam print for the younger folk) explore anything from your route to The Baths, your family/community roots or maybe even a landmark along your journey. Bring an image or piece of nature or keepsake for inspiration or just be as spontaneous as you like. With printmaking, often the most interesting images happen on instinct!  Drop-in workshop. Funded by Stirchley Community Group.


img_2066Stirchley Baths Heritage Programme
Exploring Patterns & Shapes
The building is full of patterns, shapes and original architectural details; in the windows and within the brick work. Come and see how many shapes you can spot whilst exploring, and then create our own mosaic designs. Contribute to our string art design to create a piece of community artwork. There will be different measuring tools on hand to get mathematical precision if you want to do your own artistic interpretations of parts of the building. This drop-in session is more suitable for children than adults.

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