The Big Draw: Art outside the box

Chalk artists converged on the Tacoma Art Museum in downtown Tacoma Sunday to participate in “The Big Draw,” a community event held in conjunction with “David Macaulay: The Way He Works,” an exhibit on view at the museum through June 14.

The event included hands-on art activities with local artists, break dancers, Stadium High School drum line, and a presentation and book signing by Macaulay.

Macaulay is the award-winning author and illustrator of “The Way Things Work” and “The Way We Work.” The current exhibition follows the author’s process, from sketch to finished book, including breakthroughs and wrong turns. It includes working drawings, source materials, models, and completed illustrations.

Macaulay’s books have sold more than three million copies in the United States alone. “The Way Things Work” was on the New York Times bestseller list for 50 weeks. Macaulay’s many awards include the Caldecott Medal and Honor Award, the MacArthur Fellowship, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, and the Washington Post-Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award. He was a two-time nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and received the Bradford Washburn Award, presented by the Museum of Science in Boston to an outstanding contributor to science. To learn more, visit .

During Sunday’s festival, museum visitors also learned drawing with silverpoint from Linda Hutchins, a Portland-based artist who received The 9th Northwest Biennial Juror’s Choice Award. Local artists Ellen Ito and Jeremy Mangan constructed cardboard sculptures that visitors tagged with their drawings.

The event was supported in part by Target, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, and The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.