The 'Big Draw' family event at the Mitchell Library

Reproduce a picture from the world's most expensive book

Follow in the footsteps of one of the world's greatest wildlife artists, 19th-century American artist and adventurer John James Audubon, and join in the 'Big Draw' event at the Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow, on Saturday 14 October between 2pm-4pm, for an afternoon of drawing, colouring and other fun activities ideally suited to families with young children.

At the free event, organised jointly by the National Library of Scotland and the Mitchell Library, you and your family can get involved in recreating one of the amazing giant images from Audubon's Birds of America, the world's most expensive book. A copy of the book sold for a staggering $8.8 million at auction in 2000.

A giant 5 metre by 6.5 metre jigsaw of the Carolina Parrots image copied from 'Birds of America' will be pieced together from individual jigsaw pieces the children will be given to colour.

The Mitchell Library owns a copy of Birds of America and two volumes will be on display during the event. In addition, there will be a chance to meet falconers with Harris hawks and take part in fun activities such as storytelling and art activities, including opportunities to make feather facemasks and life drawings of the Harris hawks. Prizes and gift bags will also be on offer.

For more information please call the National Library's event line on 0131 623 3845. Booking is not necessary, just drop in to the Mitchell Library on the day.

The event complements the National Library of Scotland's summer exhibition, 'Birds of a feather: Audubon's adventures in Edinburgh', which tells the story of Audubon and his strong links with Scotland. The exhibition, at the National Library of Scotland on George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, runs until 15 October.

Audubon, whose portrait hangs in the White House, is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest wildlife artists. 'Birds of America' took 12 years to complete and comprises four volumes of 435 plates, depicting 1065 life-like illustrations of 489 species.

4 October 2006

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