Mindfulness, drawing & creativity

Mindfulness, Drawing & Creativity Courses

The worlds of mindfulness and art are converging in new and exciting ways; mindfulness practice can develop reflection, concentration and self-examination leading to creative clarity through the pleasure of being present and aware.

Mindfulness exercises are not only useful for stress-reduction but can also support new ways of seeing and stimulate new directions, encouraging a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us and help to overcome obstacles to creativity such as the pressure for perfection, lack of confidence, self-doubt, and creative block.

These courses allow some personal time out, to reset and focus combining meditation with simple drawing and painting exercises that explore perception, flow and instinct as part of the creative process. We also offer courses that spark idea generation and creativity through playful mark making and experimentation with materials. These approaches help you to access, develop and sustain your imagination and to find ways of expressing yourself with increased freedom and confidence.

For more information about courses available, please contact our Visual Arts team on visualarts@citylit.ac.uk

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Drawing and mindfulness: beginners guide to approaches and techniques
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    An introduction to drawing and mindfulness and how when practised together they can support greater confidence and creativity in drawing. Through a variety of guided exercises, explore how the two disciplines relate and how each can enrich the other. This course is suitable for beginners to drawing and/or mindfulness.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  2. Life drawing and mindfulness
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    This short course is a great introduction to drawing directly from the nude model. Using simple excercises, you will explore different ways to represent the human form in drawing, with encouraging, helpful guidance from an experienced tutor. Suitable for absolute beginners.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  3. Drawing and mindfulness
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 26 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Clare Barton-Harvey
    Explore the enriching relationship of drawing and mindfulness and how each discipline supports the other, leading to new ways of seeing and approaching drawing. Through a range of traditional, experimental, and playful approaches to drawing, explore a range of ways to connect and be inspired by drawing. This course offers a great introduction to mindful drawing or a way for you to further integrate mindfulness into your drawing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
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