Drawing and mindfulness: exploring imagination
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Suitable for those with experience in drawing or mindfulness who wish to re-fresh their practice and stimulate new directions as well as enthusiastic beginners.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VM926
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Explore the richness of drawing, mindfulness and the imagination. Identify a range of benefits of mindfulness for creative practice and engage in a variety of playful and experimental mindful drawing exercises to help you access and develop your imaginative engagement in drawing. Suitable for enthusiastic beginners as well as those with experience in drawing or mindfulness who wish to refresh their practice or expand their skills.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
During the day there will be an introduction to mindfulness and mindful drawing, and a range of playful and imaginative drawing exercises to stimulate and inspire your imagination. We will investigate a range of sources of inspiration for imaginative drawing, including our physical senses, the world around us, and artists drawings.
You will be introduced to a small toolkit of mindfulness and drawing approaches to help you connect to the drawing process with a sense of play, ease and enjoyment. There will be opportunity to investigate a variety of drawing materials and approaches, to help you get started with drawing, refresh your drawing or stimulate new directions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Employ a toolkit of drawing and mindfulness methods and approaches to stimulate, inspire or refresh your drawing.
• Identify what supports you to connect to your inspiration and imagination
• Draw from your imagination with increased confidence
• Engage a variety of approaches for expressing your imagination through drawing
• Identify how mindfulness can support creative practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for enthusiastic beginners to drawing and/or mindfulness as well as those with experience who wish to refresh their practice or expand their skills in this subject area. Bring an open mind and be prepared to let go, play and experiment.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations and hand-outs, 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 demonstration of drawing methods
- Practical drawing exercises
- Pair and group discussion
- Personal research tasks
- Slideshows, hand-outs and other practical learning resources.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A range of pencils (e.g. 2H, 4B, and 6B), paper, eraser, pencil sharpener, 10-15 sheets white cartridge paper for drawing e.g. A2 or A3, charcoal, putty rubber, coloured pastels
Additional materials (optional/extra):
coloured pencils, coloured felt tip pens, graphite sticks (e.g. 6B or 9B).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Drawing and Mindfulness
Drawing and Painting from the Imagination
Drawing and mindfulness – the art of seeing.
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.