Drawing and mindfulenss: figure drawing workshop
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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What is the course about?
Explore new approaches to life drawing through and variety of guided drawing exercises to stimulate a fresh response to drawing the human nude. During the day you will explore how mindfulness practice can support presence of mind and help to support a light/playful, yet wholehearted engagement in drawing. You will investigate the role and value of traditional and experimental approaches and will practice a range of drawing exercises with reference to a range of artists work for inspiration - the resulting work will range from the minimal to more bold and expressive work and will provide you with an opportunity to reflect on your work and where you can take it.
What will we cover?
• Mindfulness techniques to support concentration, presence of mind and to stimulate an imaginative response to the human figure.
• How to adopt the materials and working practices of various artists, and to consider and discuss their approach and attitude.
• Working with a variety of media studying quality of line and mark-making
• Proportion, composition, and a variety of ways of expressing tone
• Igniting new ways of seeing and expressing yourself through drawing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify how mindfulness can support presence of mind, spontaneity, clarity of seeing, feeling and the imagination
• Draw the human nude with more confidence using a variety of different methods and media
• Engage a toolkit of methods and resources for exploring and developing mindfulness and drawing.
• Look at and take inspiration from the work and practice of a variety of artists.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for those with some experience in mindfulness as well as beginners. Some prior experience of figure drawing is recommended (e.g. on the courses 'Drawing 1' or 'Introduction to Life Drawing').
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.
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, hand-outs and other practical learning resources.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials will be provided but you are welcome to bring any extra or special materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We offer a range of courses and workshops within the subject area of mindfulness including Drawing and Mindfulness
Drawing and Painting from the Imagination. For more details and a full list of courses on offer please visit our website.
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.