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June 11, 2015

Draw and Tell at ArtStarts: Vancouver Draw Down 2015

Vancouver Draw Down is back on Saturday, June 20, 2015, for another day jam-packed with celebrations all around the city that celebrate drawing and making your mark.

Join us at the ArtStarts Gallery for a special event for all ages — Draw and Tell: Northwest Coast Storytelling.

Through storytelling, drawing and textile work artists Anastasia Hendry and Christine MacKenzie will explore First Nations culture, history and traditional teachings. Participants will discover the importance of learning from our elders, respect for others and respect for nature.

We will start the day with a traditional Talking circle, an important part of First Nations etiquette and protocol. Then, through First Nations storytelling, participants will learn the story of Lelou, a young man who explores and finds unexpected help on his treacherous journey.  Participants will be actively engaged as they listen to this exciting story. As they hear the story the artists will use the Draw and Tell technique incorporating North West Coast formline to create a "crest".  By the end of the story the drawing will reveal a secret.  Upon completion of the drawing participants will create a mini button blanket. 

Admission is free! Participants of all ages and experience are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

We'll be holding two sessions on Saturday, June 20, 2015 — at 11am and 2pm — at the ArtStarts Gallery, located at downtown Vancouver at 808 Richards Street (at Robson) in Vancouver (map).

You can also join us for a weekend of activities celebrating National Aboriginal Day

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