Mindfulness sketchbook walks

Course Dates: 31/07/20 - 14/08/20
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Location: OS - Off Site

Join us for a sketchbook walk around Covent Garden and the wider area to observe, record and engage with the busyness of urban life. Using mindfulness techniques combined with drawing, we will examine our experience and open up to the magic and surprises that a summer evening in the city has to offer.


What is the course about?

The course involves drawing and observing the busy world of central London. We will use drawing to deepen our awareness of our surroundings whilst watching our own changing sensations and mental states, enjoying the richness of the simple activity of drawing. As we draw we may even create a little oasis of stillness amongst the bustle.
Making rapid sketches we will end up with a record of our experience throughout the evening which we will discuss and reflect upon.

What will we cover?

We will experiment with different approaches to sketching and recording fast moving subject matter. By building on our observational skills, we learn to look at the world more closely and doing so become more engaged with our own experience. Here we start to employ awareness techniques that allow us to cut through the business of the outside world (and our busy minds) to something more absorbing, more satisfying. Over the weeks we will use different aspects of mindfulness to enhance our drawing.

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

Feel more confident drawing out and about
Improve rapid sketching skills
Apply awareness techniques as part of daily life
Learn how to work with a distracted mind
Improve observational drawing skills.

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

This is a course for all levels, beginners through improvers.
You should be willing to go on a walk through busy streets and to be standing up for much of the time, or bring a folding stool.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

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

Demonstration and practical application. One to one and group discussion.

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

A folding stool is a good idea.
Some basic materials such as pencils, sharpeners and rubbers will be provided.
You will need to bring a sketchbook (A5 minimum) and may like to bring additional drawing materials such as favourite pens, pencils or coloured crayons.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.

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

VM887 Painting and the Art of Mindfulness.

Tutor Biographies
Helen Burgess

Helen is London-based artist who uses observation as her starting point. Her own paintings develop from a combination of drawings, memory and imagination. She studied Illustration at University of Arts Falmouth and completed the Drawing Year at the Royal Drawing School in 2008 where she now also teaches. One aspiration is to make a website so that her work can be easily viewed but there always seems to be something else she would rather be doing - like drawing! She loves the atmosphere of concentration in the life-room. She encourages students to find ways of mark making that are both disciplined and honest - a fine tuning of technique and a deepening of emotional engagement. Helen is a committed Buddhist and her teaching is informed by attitudes and practices from the Buddhist tradition, including meditation. This is especially emphasised in the Drawing and MIndfulness courses.

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: VM078

Fri, eve, 31 Jul - 14 Aug '20

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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