Drawing and mindfulness: an introduction

Course Dates: 27/03/24
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
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.
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Course Code: VH336

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Wed, day, 27 Mar - 27 Mar '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

An introduction to and exploration of the practice of drawing and mindfulness. Through a variety of guided exercises, including drawing from observation and the imagination, you will explore how engaging mindfulness with drawing can help you to develop drawing skills, support confidence and stimulate a light/playful, yet wholehearted engagement. This workshop is studio-based and is fully accessible by wheelchair.

What will we cover?

- An introduction to drawing and mindfulness.
- Explore ways that mindfulness can stimulate different ways of drawing and new ways of seeing.
- A series of playful and exploratory guided drawing exercises from observation and imagination.
- A range of mindfulness themes to stimulate and inspire your creativity.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify how engaging mindfulness with drawing can support a light, playful and wholehearted approach and enrich the drawing process.
- Engage in simple mindful drawing practices to stimulate your creativity and inspiration.
- Draw with more confidence.
- Employ a small toolkit of mindfulness ideas and practices.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The workshop is suitable for beginners to drawing and/or mindfulness.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- Through guided mindfulness practices
- Demonstration of drawing methods
- Practical drawing exercises
- Pair and group discussion

This course is supported by Google Classroom as a Virtual Learning Environment. When you log on you will be able to access course material, presentations, and handouts etc.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All basic materials are included.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Drawing and Mindfulness, Drawing and Mindfulness: imagination, Drawing and Painting from the Imagination, Drawing and the art of Mindfulness: tone, Drawing and Mindfulness: release the judging mind, Drawing and Mindfulness: the art of seeing, Drawing and Mindfulness: the art of feeling, Drawing and Mindfulness: the art of being, Life Drawing and Mindfulness.

Clare Barton-Harvey

Clare Barton-Harvey is a full time artist and tutor/trainer living in London. In her teaching, she specialises in life drawing, drawing and mindfulness, working with colour, and painting from the imagination. She is an engaging and inspired tutor responsive to individual need and encouraging of individual growth/expression. In 2003, she studied at the Royal Drawing School, where she engaged in life drawing and the study of contemporary and historic artist’s drawings as part of the Drawing Year. In 2017 she engaged in post-graduate study with Bob and Roberta Smith (RA) and has exhibited solo and in a variety of group shows throughout the UK. You can see her work at www.cbarton-harvey.co.uk. Clare has been a practicing artist & mindfulness practitioner for over 25 years, and has taught drawing and painting for over 18 years, in a variety of locations currently including the National Gallery, British Museum, British Library, Pallant House and Hampton Court Palace. She is also co-founder of LIMINA collective (www.liminacollective.com) who specialise in mindful engagement with art in galleries and museums.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.