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The Big Draw at Todmorden Mills

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Todmorden Mills

Toronto, ON



Offered in English.


En plein air watercolours

Get out into the open air and try your hand at watercolour painting using the Don Valley as your inspiration. The valley has inspired generations of watercolour artists since Elizabeth Simcoe painted the original mill on the Don River in 1796.

The Exquisite Corpse Art Game

Add to a collaborative art mural by seeing only the outer edge of the scene created by the previous person. Invented by surrealist artists, this collaborative collage art activity results in unusual and whimsical images.

Woodland-style Art Workshops

With artist Mike Ormsby

Saturday, September 28,

11 am to 12:30 pm and 2:30 to 4 pm

Join Anishinaabe artist Mike Ormsby to learn the foundations of Woodland-style art based on Anishinaabe teachings and the healing journey we are all on.

Drawing from Nature

With Instructure Heidi Sobol

Sunday, September 29

11 am to 12 pm and 2 to 3 pm

Using watercolour pencils activated by brushes and water, be inspired to create your own memento of the plants and trees found in Todmorden's Wildflower Preserve.

Hand Drawn Animation Techniques

With artist Cristal Buemi

Sunday, 10 am to 11 am

Come step inside the magical world of animation! In this hands-on workshop you will get the opportunity to bring your very own drawings to life one frame at a time. Through the use of two classical hand drawn animation techniques, participants will explore imagination and fun the frame-by-frame way!

Plus add your favourite place or person in Toronto to the My City, My Home Mural, try 3D hand drawing, leaf doodles, chalk art, Tai Chi workshops and more!



City of Toronto

Toronto History Museums, owned and operated by the City of Toronto, are within the City of Toronto's Economic Development & Culture Division and committed to making Toronto a place where business and culture thrive. The Divisional Strategy includes four areas:

1) Inclusion and Equity

a) Combat economic and cultural disparities across Toronto through impactful programs for equity-deserving communities and underserved areas of the city

b) Improve participation in City-led cultural opportunities by underserved communities

2) Space and Access

a) Improve access to and affordable space for culture

b) Increase access to City-owned space to provide stakeholders with places to interact

3) Talent and Innovation

a) Improve competitiveness for emerging and established cultural sectors

b) Enable the workforce to respond to new and future opportunities

4) Operational Excellence

a) Foster and maintain a culture of public service innovation and excellence

b) Deliver exceptional, equitable and accessible customer service to partners


Toronto History Museums

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The Big Draw Toronto

City of Toronto Toronto, ON

Ready. Set. Draw! The world’s largest drawing festival is coming to Toronto History Museums. The free event is open to all-ages and abilities and welcomes everyone who loves to draw to make a mark on their city. Bring your own paints, pen...