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The power of drawing

Event: The Big Draw, an international effort, makes its first appearance in the SCV

Posted: October 10, 2010 9:40 p.m.
Updated: October 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Brandi Cottengim, right, looks up and smiles at Anthony Hanlon and her nanny Sara Gonzalez-Foote as they doodle at The Big Draw booth on Thursday at the Art Walk. Brandi Cottengim, right, looks up and smiles at Anthony Hanlon and her nanny Sara Gonzalez-Foote as they doodle at The Big Draw booth on Thursday at the Art Walk.
Brandi Cottengim, right, looks up and smiles at Anthony Hanlon and her nanny Sara Gonzalez-Foote as they doodle at The Big Draw booth on Thursday at the Art Walk.
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With doodles of rainbows, creatures and stick figures surrounding her, sixth-grader Sami Raskin gazed at her colorful drawing of a beach bordered by the phrase “Don’t Pollute!”

The 11-year-old enjoys drawing whenever she can and looks forward to her art classes at Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School.

“It just makes me feel peaceful and calm,” Sami said. “I just love creating things.”

Sami was joined by dozens of kids and adults who gathered around the vinyl-sheet-covered tables in downtown Newhall on Thursday to take part in The Big Draw, an international effort that promotes the power of drawing.

The ARTree, a local arts group, organized the celebration of The Big Draw during Art Walk, a monthly event where the community browses businesses and farmers market vendors while artists perform.

The Big Draw takes place annually in 20 countries, representing five continents, said Paula Dwyer, Art Walk chair. This year was the first time that Santa Clarita Valley youngsters participated in the program.

“It’s a different way to see the world,” Dwyer said.

Kim Adam, arts director for Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School, perused the public’s drawings, which included detailed self-portraits and random renderings of creatures.

She sees the international event as a way to bring people together and show that people are all the same.

“It’s a way of expressing yourself and we all have to do that,” she said, “No matter what age we are.”

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