Drawing and mindfulness

Course Dates: 05/11/21 - 10/12/21
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Online
An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Explore how the two disciplines complement each other, leading to greater clarity of perception, aliveness and appreciation. A practical drawing course, from observation.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00

Course Code: VP107

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Fri, day, 05 Nov - 10 Dec '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

An introduction to and exploration of the practice of mindfulness and how it relates to drawing from observation. Through a variety of guided exercises, investigate ways of consciously cultivating awareness and identify how this can enrich the drawing process and lead to deepening concentration, clarity of perception, appreciation, sensitivity and aliveness in your drawings. This course is suitable for beginners as well as those with experience in drawing who would like to enhance their drawing practice.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

During the course 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, quality and clarity perception, spontaneity, empathy, meaning and the imagination. We will work with a broad range of media and a variety of objects from observation which will serve as inspiration for expressing rhythm, texture, weight, tone and line directly and freely through drawing. One-to-one guidance is available throughout the course.

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

• Identify and employ a range of methods for practicing mindfulness in drawing
• Engage in drawing from observation with greater spontaneity and confidence
• Demonstrate an ability to employ a range of drawing media
• Employ a toolkit of methods and 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.

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. You may wish to buy a sketch book and drawing materials book to practice drawing tasks outside of the class. There is a suggested booklist but it is not essential to buy these for the course. The library keeps a comprehensive stock of art books and membership is free to enrolled students.

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

Painting and the creative imagination, Life drawing, Drawing 1 and Drawing 2, Develop your Drawing and any other drawing or painting course could be suitable to help you develop further.

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.