This year I was surprised and chuffed in equal measure to be invited to the Green Man Festival to run a daily hour long SketchCrawl (like a pub crawl except no pubs and drawing instead of beer!) around Einstein's Garden - the fascinating area of the site dedicated to all things science .
I love the Green Man Festival, so this was a real dream gig for me... so I had to do something good in return. I'll confess to a slight dose of nerves beforehand... There's no shortage of amazing things to draw in Einstein's Garden. But how many people would come; would I get mostly adults or children and how could I appeal to them both? And an hour..that's no time at all for a SketchCrawl but a potentially a very long time in festival land...
Whilst hatching a plan I printed up a tonne of sketchbooks, went silly buying up pencils (including watercolour ones in case of rain!!) and made a silly hat.
We'd do a whistle-stop tour of Einstein's Garden, stopping for 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes to take in everything from dragon sculptures to leaf patterns, ducks to skeletons, to guys singing about squirrels to... well you get the idea. People could stay for the full hour or just for 5 minutes, but when they left they were politely asked to draw like a fiend for the rest of the weekend, and told they could keep their sketchbook and pencil to do it with. Did it work?
Thanks to the lovely people who joined me each day - hell yes!