Big Draw event to evolve this half-term

THE dodo has made an unexpected reappearance in Barnstaple for one week only in a bid to encourage sketchers everywhere to pick up pencil and paper for the Big Draw. Exmoor Zoo has teamed up with Blue Gallery art store in Joy Street in conjunction with th

THE dodo has made an unexpected reappearance in Barnstaple for one week only in a bid to encourage sketchers everywhere to pick up pencil and paper for the Big Draw.

Exmoor Zoo has teamed up with Blue Gallery art store in Joy Street in conjunction with the North Devon Gazette to promote the annual nationwide October half term event, which sees it tenth anniversary next week.

And in homage to the 200th birthday of the father of evolution, Charles Darwin, one of the themes this year is Drawing for Darwin - hence the appearance of the dodo, once thought extinct!

Steve Eddy, education officer at Exmoor Zoo, said throughout the week visitors to the attraction at Bratton Fleming could make use of the free drawing materials provided by the Blue Gallery.


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"Why not come along and sketch the creatures at the zoo or add to one of our murals in the education centre?" he said.

"So whether you are a sketchy sketcher or an accomplished artist, why not come along and take part? There will be daily prizes for the best drawings."

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The dodo will be on display in the Blue Gallery window throughout the week and a competition will be running inviting visitors and passers by to knock up a quick sketch of it, with a prize at the end of the week.

"As a local arts and crafts store we're always pleased to support any incentive that encourages children and people of all ages and abilities to take part in art," said store owner Roy Smith.

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