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Cartoon workshops are a Big Draw

10 October 2007

Since 1 October, children across the country have been on the search for hidden cartoon characters across over 70 Historic Scotland attractions. However this weekend, the agency is giving visitors the opportunity to create their very own Cartoon Caper with the artist responsible for the cartoons, Alice Druitt. As part of the nationwide Big Draw, Alice will be hosting special drop-in Cartoon Workshops at Edinburgh Castle for one weekend only, teaching children how to turn themselves (as well as some famous historical figures) into caricatures.

Picture Me will take place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October with drop-in sessions from 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Alice Druitt, the cartoonist who will be hosting the workshops said: ‘I really enjoyed creating the characters for the Historic Scotland Cartoon Caper and I am looking forward to showing children how they can create their very own colourful caricatures at our special drop-in workshops. Drawing is fun but also an exciting way of helping children understand and interpret the world around them. I am certain we will have a good few masterpieces after each session and hopefully some young, budding cartoonists of the future.’

Alice was born and educated in Edinburgh. With influences from Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s Asterix cartoons, it is perhaps no surprise that many of her cartoons involve figures from history.  As well as working in fashion in London, Alice also runs her card line, Gingerpaws Since Gingerpaws cards first went on sale in 2003, Alice has designed two exclusive ranges of cartoon products for Historic Scotland and a range of placemats and coasters for Castle Melamine. She has also been involved with art projects for the Sick Kids and the 2006 Cow Parade, both in Edinburgh.

Picture me cartoon workshops are on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October at Edinburgh Castle. Drop-in sessions are from 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4.00pm. The event is free after Edinburgh Castle admission.  Children are free for the whole month of October at all Historic Scotland properties including Edinburgh Castle.  Families can also take part in the Cartoon Caper, searching for 10 historical cartoon characters hidden around the attraction.

Holyrood Park will also be hosting drop –in art sessions (as part of the Big Draw) at the Holyrood Park Education Centre. Art for Arthur is on Sunday 14 October only from 11.00am - 3.00pm.

Notes for editors
Edinburgh Castle is open 7 days a week from 9.30am - 5.00pm (Oct - Mar). Admission: Adult £11.00, Child £5.50, Concession £9.00.

A majestic landmark which dominates the capital city's skyline just as it has dominated Scotland's long and colourful history Edinburgh Castle is the best known and most visited of our historic buildings. Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol, and part of Edinburgh's World Heritage site.

The Cartoon Caper is part of the Historic Scotland Kids Go Free campaign.  Historic Scotland commissioned Scottish artist Alice Druitt to specially create the ten cartoon characters covering as many periods of history as possible.  After completing the trail, budding cartoon detectives will win a special gift.  Details will then be entered into a prizedraw to win a VIP trip to Edinburgh Castle, art session at Doodles Ceramic workshop , signed originals of the historic cartoon characters artwork by Alice Druitt and lots more art goodies.

‘Kids Go Free’ throughout October at Historic Scotland attractions listed below. Children must be under 16yrs and accompanied by a full paying adult (maximum of 6 children per paying adult).  For further information and opening times, please visit or text ‘KIDSFREE’ to 84118, or call 0131 668 8926.

The Big Draw runs from 1 to 31 October 2007, with a special focus on Saturday 13 October. Throughout the country, over 1000 venues - including galleries, museums, science centres, heritage sites, libraries, community and shopping centres, colleges, schools and art clubs - will be hosting drawing activities suited to all levels of ability.  Participants of all ages will be invited to come along to experiment with a variety of medium, including pencils, crayons, charcoal, sand and digital imagery. For further information on The Big Draw Campaign, visit


Built in the 15th century by one of Scotland’s most powerful families, the Crichtons, Blackness was never destined as a peaceful lordly residence; its enduring roles were those of garrison fortress and state prison.
Location: 6km north east of Linlithgow on the Firth of Forth off the A904.
Contact: Tel 01506 834807

Cairnpapple was used from about 3,000 BC to 1400 BC firstly as a ceremonial site then several centuries later as a burial site.
Location: 5km north of Bathgate, 2km from Torphichen.
Contact: Tel 01506 634622

A well preserved medieval castle, Craigmillar has a tower house, courtyard and gardens. Craigmillar’s story is linked with that of Mary Queen of Scots. Superb views from tower house.
Location: 4km south east of Edinburgh off the A7.
Contact: Tel: 0131 661 4445

Built as the lordly residence of the Crichtons and later home to the Earls of Bothwell. Stunning 16th century courtyard façade.
Location: 4km south west of Pathhead off the A68.
Contact: Tel 01875 320017

Dirleton Castle has boasted a garden probably since its earliest days as a medieval fortified residence.  Today, there is a colourful blend of traditional formal gardens and more contemporary plantings including – as the Guinness Book of Records testifies – the world’s longest herbaceous border.
Location: In Dirleton village 5km west of North Berwick on the A198.
Contact: Tel 01620 850330

A majestic landmark which dominates the capital city's skyline just as it has dominated Scotland's long and colourful history Edinburgh Castle is the best known and most visited of our historic buildings.  Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognisable fortress is a powerful national symbol, and part of Edinburgh's World Heritage site.
Location: In Edinburgh.
Contact: Tel 0131 225 9846

The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace are set in a park beside a loch.   All of the Stewart kings lived at the Palace. Numerous renovations to the palace’s grand facades and chambers were carried out as each sought to create the ideal modern palace.  The Palace is the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Location: In Linlithgow off the M9.
Contact: Tel 01506 842896

An attractive ecclesiastical building, in a wooded setting, Seton Collegiate Church has a 15th century chancel and apse.
Location: 2km south east of Cockenzie off the A198.
Contact: Tel 01875 813334

A formidable stronghold set atop cliffs on the Firth of Forth, Tantallon Castle was the seat of the Douglas Earls of Angus, one of the most powerful baronial families in Scotland. Tantallon served as a noble fortification for more than three centuries and endured frequent sieges.  Visitors can enjoy wild flowers in season and touch the replica cannon. Refreshments are available in the visitor centre.
Location: 5km east of North Berwick off the A198.
Contact: Tel 01620 892727

Trinity House is the home of the Incorporation of Shipowners and Shipmasters. An organisation dating back to the 14th century. Successive generations of Masters and members of Trinity House have been closely involved in the history and maritime development of Leith. Thomas Brown designed the present Trinity House in 1816 on the site of the medieval mariner's hospital.   An outstanding collection of maritime memorabilia inside an elegant Georgian house.
Guided tours only.
Location: 99 Kirkgate, Leith, Edinburgh.
Contact: Tel: 0131 554 3289

Please note:  Torphichen Preceptory is not participating in the Kids Go Free month.

For further information

Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959