The Drawing Together - Toys and Pastimes event was held by the ECA on the 15th October as part of the Big Draw 2011. The Big Draw is an annual event, organised by the Campaign for Drawing, that invites everyone to join in, using drawing to engage with the past, present and future.
Inspired by one of 2011's Big Draw themes 'Drawing Age' and building on previous work such as the Teddy Bear Project, 'Drawing Together - Toys and Pastimes' was an intergenerational event bringing together older people and young children. Held at The Base, a family centre in Norwich, participants came from the surrounding primary schools and day centres.
The toys and pastimes of both generations were explored together with the help of an experienced reminiscence worker.
Activities on the day included working in pairs, consisting of one older and one younger participant, to look and play with a toy / game. The pairs also drew round each other's hands, while discussing what these hands had done, listing their five favourite games which were then labelled on the hands fingers and thumb. The hands were then cut out and decorated.
Norwich based artist Jemma Watts helped the participants to create a communal artwork using paint and a range of toys such as marbles, jacks, spinning tops, tiddlywinks and hula hoops .
After the activities the participants sat together to eat lunch.
The event was a great success with everyone enjoying themselves and many asking when the next event was going to be.