Drawing and the art of mindfulness: tone

Course Dates: 25/05/25
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Investigate a range of ways to make tonal drawings, whilst exploring the benefits of mindfulness practice in relation to drawing. The workshop will focus on supporting you to develop new skills in handling materials, as well as a variety of creative expression.
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Drawing and the art of mindfulness: tone
  • Course Code: VM139
  • Dates: 25/05/25 - 25/05/25
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Sun, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Clare Barton-Harvey

Course Code: VM139

Sun, day, 25 May - 25 May '25

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

On this course you will be introduced to a range of contemporary and historic ways of expressing tone in drawing. You will be shown how to use a variety of drawing materials, discover their unique properties and ways to handle them. There will be a variety of guided exercises inspired by a range of artists work, to stimulate a expressiveness in your drawings. Each week we will investigate a mindfulness theme to inspire your work and connection to the drawing process. The drawing studio is fully accessible by a wheelchair.

What will we cover?

- A range of contemporary and historic approaches to drawing tone (light and dark) including hatching, blending, additive and subtractive tone, tonal grounds, layered drawings and mixed media.
- A variety of artists drawings to inspire new ways of handling your materials and expressing yourself through tone.
- Subject matter from nature, the world around us, imagination and abstraction.
- Mindfulness themes to support concentration, freedom of expression, feeling and empathy in the drawing process.
- 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...

- Create tonal drawings from observation and the imagination with more confidence.
- Demonstrate the ability to make tonal drawings engaging a range of experimental and traditional media and methods.
- Identify what materials and artists inspire you.
- Apply mindfulness approaches in your drawings, to stimulate your creativity and support you to access new ways of expressing yourself in 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 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.