Mindfulness and creativity workshop

Course Dates: 16/10/20 - 23/10/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online

An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness and how it can help to stimulate and enhance creativity. Through a variety of guided exercises including drawing from observation and the imagination, explore the dynamics of creative process, in terms of accessing creativity and working through common obstacles.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.

Description

What is the course about?

An introduction to and exploration of the practice of mindfulness and how it supports and enhances creativity. Through a variety of guided exercises, including drawing from observation and the imagination, you will explore how mindfulness can help to support a light/playful, yet wholehearted engagement in creative practice. This course is suitable for beginners as well as those with experience in mindfulness and/or drawing who would like to immerse themselves in a day of creative practice or stimulate new directions. The skills offered on this one day workshop are transferable to creative disciplines other than drawing.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

During the day you will receive an introduction to mindfulness and its applications in contemporary life and the arts. There will be a series of guided exercises including drawing from observation and the imagination where you will investigate ways of consciously cultivating awareness and identify how this can support creative discipline in terms of deepening concentration, resourcefulness, and clarity of perception. You will also explore some common obstacles to creativity and strategies for working through them. You will work with a range subject matter, and simple drawing media which will serve as inspiration throughout the day.

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

• Identify how mindfulness can support creativity in terms of increased concentration, clarity of perception and a greater ability to work with and through obstacles
• Employ a range of methods for practicing mindfulness in drawing and how this can be applied to all creative disciplines
• Practice drawing from observation and the imagination with increased confidence
• Engage a toolkit of methods and resources for exploring and developing mindfulness and creativity.

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

The day is suitable for beginners as well as those with experience in mindfulness and drawing who wish to re-fresh their practice or stimulate new directions

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

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
- Slideshows and other practical learning resources.

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

Basic materials that you will need:
Pencil, paper, eraser, pencil sharpener, 20 sheets cartridge paper A4 or A3
Brushes of a few different sizes that you’d like to use
2 clean jars or yoghurt pots for water
acrylic paint – suggested colours: zinc/mixing white, titanium white, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, cadmium red, alizarin crimson or crimson, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, brown, black. A basic set is also fine.
approx. 10-15 sheets of paper e.g. 300gms A2 or A3

Additional/Optional materials:
Charcoal, coloured pastels or pencils, water-soluble graphite
Gesso primer.

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

VP109: Drawing and the art of mindfulness.

Reviews

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Highly recommended
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/05/2019)
its a very relaxed and inviting environment to explore creativity.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/05/2019)
Helpful to have opportunity to apply mindfulness to being creative.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 22/01/2019)
Tutor Biographies
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.

Book your place

Course Code: VH323

Please choose a course date 

Fri, eve, 16 Oct - 23 Oct '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £99.00
Concession: £60.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? visualarts@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2700/2703

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