Drawing and mindfulness

Course Dates: 24/09/24 - 22/10/24
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Keeley Street
Explore how mindfulness can enrich drawing and lead to new ways of relating to it. A practical drawing course from observation, and the imagination. This course offers a great introduction to mindful drawing or a way for you to further integrate mindfulness into your drawing.
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Drawing and mindfulness
  • Course Code: VM124
  • Dates: 24/09/24 - 22/10/24
  • Time: 10:00 - 13:00
  • Taught: Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Clare Barton-Harvey

Course Code: VM124

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Tue, day, 24 Sep - 22 Oct '24

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Centre for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

Through a range of traditional and experimental approaches to drawing, be inspired by new ways of seeing and approaching drawing. Identify how the two disciplines when combined can lead to greater concentration and absorption in the process of drawing, experimentation and play, confidence and connection to your subject matter and materials. A practical drawing course inspired by the world around us, artists drawings, the imagination, abstraction and a range of drawing media. This course offers a great introduction to mindful drawing or a way for you to further integrate mindfulness into your drawing. The drawing studio is fully accessible by a wheelchair.

What will we cover?

• A range of experimental and traditional drawing approaches inspired by artists drawings, the world around us, imagination and abstraction.
• Mindfulness themes to inspire new ways of relating to drawing, including the role of sensory awareness, feeling, perception, and thought, in the drawing process.
• There will be opportunities to explore a variety of media and subject matter, which will serve as inspiration for expressing shape, volume, line and tone directly and freely in your drawings.
• An exploration of ways to work with, and release the limiting effects of the judging mind, so you can access more freedom and enjoyment in drawing.
• Key ideas on how mindfulness works with reference to recent scientific theory.

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

• Draw from observation and the imagination with more confidence.
• Apply mindfulness approaches in your drawings, to stimulate your creativity and new ways of relating to drawing.
• Identify what materials and artists inspire you and demonstrate an ability to engage in a variety of drawing approaches and materials.
• Employ a range of mindfulness practices to help you identify creative blocks and let go of them.
• Have access to a toolkit of drawing and mindfulness methods to stimulate, inspire, refresh and sustain your drawing.

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

Suitable for enthusiastic beginners to drawing as well as those with experience in drawing or mindfulness who wish to re-fresh their practice and stimulate new directions.

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
• One to one tutoring
• Pair and group discussion
• Personal research tasks
• Slideshows, hand-outs and other practical learning resources

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

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.