Originally created at the onset of the pandemic to support children and stressed out parents, DrawTogether was shot by Wendy’s wife and frequent collaborator, Caroline Paul, in their home studio. The 30 minute live classes streamed 5 days a week for 4 months on Instagram, attracting tens of thousands of highly engaged participant-viewers around the world.
More than just a drawing show, Wendy employs her social work training and uses drawing as a tool to help kids build emotional awareness and coping skills, as an opportunity to feature guests from a wide variety of backgrounds, and as a vehicle to openly and constructively address subjects like activism, racism and anti-racism, and civic engagement. Not to mention farting unicorns.
Now, DrawTogether is growing.
We’ve created a 12-episode pilot season for the show, shot on a playful, 100% hand-made set. The show features drawing lessons, field trips, a dynamic and diverse cast of guests, an original score and animation. In addition, the DrawTogether Art Club newsletter offers ongoing art/SEL activities and support to the DrawTogether community. And we recently received seed funding to launch the “DrawTogether Classrooms” program, offering free SEL-focused art classes, curriculum, materials and support to educators.
Studies show that art is crucial for developing creative thinking, academic success, and emotional well-being — skills necessary for young people to grow and succeed in today’s world. DrawTogether combines the best of technology with the benefits of participatory, hands-on creativity while holding equity, inclusion ands social justice at its core. DrawTogether uses the screen to get kids engaged in the world around them, all while helping them become more creative, curious and resilient. And we’ve only just begun.
All on set photography by Alanna Hale