Apple Stores Celebrating the World's Largest Drawing Festival With Free Art Sessions Throughout October

In celebration of The Big Draw, said to be the world's largest annual drawing festival, Apple is offering free hands-on art sessions with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil at nearly every Apple Store worldwide throughout October.

During the Today at Apple sessions, participants will use the new Adobe Fresco app on the iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil to draw colorful faces and objects, create an abstract painting, and more. Each session is between 60 and 90 minutes in length, with free registration available on Apple's website.


The Big Draw sessions include:

  • Art Lab for Kids: Make Your Own Emoji: Kids will learn fun ways to create their own emoji. We'll show them how to draw colorful faces and objects. They'll get hands-on using the Adobe Fresco app on iPad with Apple Pencil to draw an emoji to take home. Devices will be provided.

  • Art Walk: Discovering Color: Collect the colors you observe on your walk to capture your own color palette. Using the Adobe Fresco app on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, you'll combine them to create an abstract painting to take home. Devices will be provided. Recommended for all skill levels.

  • Art Walk: Drawing from Observation: Transform the way you observe and sketch the world around you. We'll show you how being mindful of people, objects, or places in your surroundings will help you add interesting details to your drawings using the Adobe Fresco app on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. Devices will be provided. Recommended for all skill levels.

There are also special artist-led sessions at flagship locations like Apple Union Square in San Francisco and Apple Fifth Avenue in New York City.

The Big Draw sessions begin today and run through October 31.

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9 months ago
Will participants have to line up outside the stores in roped off cattle pens until the supreme clipboard / tablet bearing Apple God gives them the privilege of entering the exalted premises?
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9 months ago
Seems more like an Adobe launch event, but I'm looking forward to trying Fresco myself, so I can't complain.
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9 months ago
I saw the headline and thought, "hot dog, Apple's having drawings for cool swag!"

Duh.
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Will participants have to line up outside the stores in roped off cattle pens until the supreme clipboard / tablet bearing Apple God gives them the privilege of entering the exalted premises?

Nope. Looks like a normal Today at Apple ('https://www.apple.com/today/') session. Go to that website. If there are nearby sessions that have availability, you can make a reservation through your Apple-ID. Have you done any TaA sessions?

If you have any real questions, call Apple or go by a nearby store.
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9 months ago
Why push Fresco and it's stupid subscription plan instead of Procreate or a million other cheaper alternatives?
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9 months ago
This is the sort of thing that sets Apple apart from the rest of the pack. They do not appear to be interested in kowtowing to tech blog denizens.
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