What is the course about?
An introduction to the practice of mindfulness and how it relates to drawing. Through a variety of guided of exercises, we will investigate ways of consciously cultivating awareness and identify how this can enrich the drawing process and lead to deepening concentration, clarity of perception, sensitivity and aliveness in your drawings. This introductory day is suitable for beginners as well as those with experience in drawing who would like to enhance their drawing practice.
What will we cover?
During the day we will explore a variety of ways to stimulate a fresh response to drawing from observation. There will be a series of guided drawing exercises exploring: the role of body awareness, sensitivity to materials and clarity of perception in creating drawings with spontaneity & empathy. We will work with a range of media which will serve as inspiration for expressing rhythm, texture, weight, tone and line directly and freely through drawing. One-to-one guidance will be offered throughout the day.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify a range of methods for practicing mindfulness in drawing
• Employ a toolkit of approaches to stimulate, sustain or refresh your drawing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for enthusiastic beginners as well as experienced draughtspersons who wish to re-fresh their practice or stimulate new ways of working.
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?
Through guided mindfulness practices and practical drawing tasks. One-to-one guidance is offered throughout the course. There will be opportunities for group discussion and sharing of individual drawing experiences for those who would like it.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The course fee includes most materials. Students are welcome to bring additional drawing materials and specialist papers if they wish. All basic drawing media and paper are provided.
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?
VP107 or VP106 Drawing and the art of mindfulness
VH811 Introduction to experimental life drawing with mixed media.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details