Drawings will decorate Newcastle city

DON'T be surprised to see a huge sea caterpillar stretched out along the front of the Maritime Centre this Saturday, April 12.

Made of paper plates, it's all part of the 2014 international Campaign for Drawing.

Newcastle's cultural facilities have banded together for this event, joining an expected 280,000 participants for free drawing activities in 20 countries.

Activities are planned across the city's cultural precinct from 10am to 2pm.

All are free and include materials.

Newcastle Region Library will host visiting illustrator Leila Rudge for a children's workshop to explore the art of Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing.

Children will use a variety of media to create their own Lost Thing at Newcastle Library from 10am to 1pm.

Newcastle Museum will celebrate the opening of its new exhibition The Colosseum with a Paste Up activity.

Participants can let their imaginations run wild and experience a modern take on ancient Roman graffiti at their drop-in activity.

Drop in, paste up and add your artwork to the Museum's Poster Pole.

Aboriginal Youth Arts and Newcastle Youth Council will turn Civic Park into an outdoor art space with activities for all ages and skill levels.

There will be three art spaces, each with a separate focus and target age group.

Details and a map of event locations are available at the website newcastle.nsw.gov.au, click on the home page carousel.

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