The Big Draw

  • Date & Time

    Sat, Oct 14 | 11am–4pm, 2017

  • Cost

    FREE activities, FREE museum admission for youth 17 and under | Museum-wide

Join us at The Walt Disney Family Museum to celebrate The Big Draw, the world’s largest drawing festival! Our annual, museum-wide family event will take place this year on October 14, 2017 and will celebrate Walt Disney’s contributions to the world of art and drawing. We encourage people of all ages to participate, observe, and enjoy drawing and storytelling in different ways—we can’t wait to see what story your drawing will tell.

The theme for 2017 Big Draw is Living Lines, allowing participants to explore to bringing art to life, whether that is through 2 or 3D animation, film, theater, stop motion animation, or other options. Walt Disney was always finding new and innovative ways of bringing lines to life. At this year’s Big Draw, join us for drop-in animation activities, figure drawing sessions, and themed tours through our galleries to learn more about how Walt brought lines to life through his creativity, innovation, and imagination.

The Big Draw: Living Lines

Saturday, October 14, 2017

All activities below are FREE

FREE museum and special exhibition admission for youth 17 and under

Life Drawing

11am–4pm | New Location: Theater Gallery

Drop-in, no ticket required

Walt and his artists knew that observing life was an excellent way to improve their drawing skills, as evidenced when they sketched live animals in preparation for Bambi. Stop by the large tent on the lawn to try your hand at what Walt’s team did by observing and drawing two costumed models.


One-hour, repeating sessions | 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm | Learning Center

Sign-up at the welcome table

Rotoscoping is a process by which animators take live-action photographs and draw directly over the live action footage to create realistic-looking, fluid animation. In this session, our team of staff animators will teach you the basics of rotoscoping, guiding you toward completing a short, animated sequence.

Bringing Your Character to the Real World with Animator Marty Cooper aka Hombre McSteeze

11am–12:30pm | Learning Center

Sign-up at the welcome table

Marty Cooper has developed a creative animation style, which he refers to as “aug-dementing reality,” where he brings his hand-drawn characters to life in the real world. Learn about Cooper’s unique art form, design your own character to incorporate into the real world, and see more of his amazing creations by following his work @Hombre_McSteez.

Landscape Painting in the Style of Eyvind Earle with Artist Sirron Norris

1–3pm | Learning Center

Sign-up at the welcome table

Join local San Francisco artist and animator Sirron Norris as he takes you through Eyvind Earle’s process of creating a landscape painting. Follow along with Norris as you learn Eyvind’s technique of layering using monochromatic acrylic paints, and leave the workshop with your own Eyvind-esque painting to take home with you.

Animation Demonstrations

11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm | Theater

Drop-in, no ticket required

Drop by to see one of our staff animators at work. Learn what it takes to bring life to each line of the pencil that she puts on paper.

Film Screenings

Pick up your complimentary ticket at the ticket desk

1pm The Reluctant Dragon

4pm Hallowscreen!

‘Tis the season for spooky tales! Visit our theater to watch a selection of Halloween-themed shorts, or get a lesson from Walt Disney and his team about the work that they did to bring lines to life in 1941’s The Reluctant Dragon.

Living Lines Gallery Tours

One-hour, repeating sessions | 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Sign-up at the welcome table, general admission ticket required

Walt Disney and his team brought lines to life in a variety of ways, from their groundbreaking Alice Comedies that portray a live-action actress in a cartoon world, to the Audio-Animatronic® characters that entertain Disneyland park-goers. Learn about these and other innovative ways that Walt and his team broke animation boundaries.


30-minute, repeating sessions | 11am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 4pm | Meet in the main lobby

Sign-up at the welcome table, general admission ticket required

Families with small children, come listen to one of our museum educators read a story in our galleries. This storytime session will get your kids thinking about how they too can make lines come to life.



Schedule subject to change. Please check calendar or ticket desk on the day of your visit for most current schedule.