Mindful Drawing is a form of practice where we apply the principles of mindfulness – deliberately paying attention with kindly awareness and without judging – to mark making. We draw what we see as we see it.
We also explore our experience with all our
senses – not just our eyes. So through touching and other sensory explorations
we explore our subject in many different ways.
'What is drawing... a physical contact with all sorts of objects through the senses.'
Here we explore the face solely by touch - with eyes closed there is no expectation that the marks on the page will resemblance a portrait.
In a Mindful Drawing workshop you will not be learning how to draw but rather how to pay attention and let go of pre-conceived ideas.
When we practice drawing mindfully we are interested in the process of drawing without worrying about the outcome. This liberation from creating a piece of ‘art’ or something recognisable means we can rest in the beauty of seeing what is in front of us and as we see our pencil moves following the same path as our eyes. Thus we draw what we see and also our experience of what we see and feel.
'The experiment is successful if
you succeed in feeling that you have become that leaf or that daisy
regardless of what appears on the paper.'
Mindful Drawing workshops range from a short taster session to a 1- or 2-day workshop. The sessions draw on the work of Frederick Franck (The Zen of Seeing) and others and are an
exploration of drawing as meditation and also includes short periods of guided
meditation but no prior meditation or drawing experience is needed. This is not
a how-to-meditate or how-to-draw workshop but an experience of drawing as
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“Thank you for a great workshop. I found it helpful and enjoyable – and am so intrigued by the different exercises you organised for us to do, and the way they helped clear obstacles to drawing out of the way. We’ll have to see what way the seeds grow for me now!”
“I believe that I will appreciate the benefit of the course more as each day passes. One of the problems with subjects of this nature is that we cannot put into words how it has affected us, and so our feedback is vague, not just to others but also to ourselves. But I feel an imperceptible mental shift. Not in my thinking exactly but more in my general state, a sort of lightness.”
"Helped me move on with my drawing which is what I hoped."
"Helped me back into finding value in drawing. Was respectful, thoughtful and professional teaching."
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"The course was an amazing experience for me. I definitely feel a shift in the way that I see, draw and feel about drawing. Before drawing was difficult and took a lot of energy, now it feels effortless, peaceful and relaxing - like meditation."