Exploring mark-making as meditation
Facilitator: Anna Black
Mindful Drawing is an exploration of drawing as meditation. We will experiment with different exercises involving the senses and mark-making. There will also be short periods of guided meditation. No prior meditation or drawing experience is needed.
Event time: Fri 29th Oct 2021 at 4:00pm - Sun 31st Oct 2021 at 4:00pm
At A Glance
- Explore drawing as meditation
- Focus on process rather than outcome
- Learning how to pay attention and draw what you see and experience
Participants Will Gain
- Experience new ways to quieten the thinking mind
- Willingness to trust the process, experiment and explore without expectation
- A greater ability to look and see
Mindful Drawing is a form of practice where we apply the principles of mindfulness – paying attention with kindly awareness and without judging – to mark making.
In this weekend workshop we will explore the drawing experience paying particular attention to the body and how we perceive ourselves and others through the senses, as well as noticing how we relate to the experience. We will not be learning how to draw but rather how to pay attention and let go of preconceived ideas.
We will focus on the process of mark-making without worrying about outcome or feeling pressured to create something. Instead, we draw our experience of what we see and feel and reflect on what we notice.
Registration with tea, Friday 16:00. Course starts with supper at 6.30pm followed by mandatory introductory session; course ends with afternoon tea at 16:00 on Sunday.
No experience in drawing or meditation needed. Materials list will be sent upon booking.
Please note that prices are listed per person. Residential is fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential option includes suppers, lunches and all refreshments but excludes B&B.
Anna Black has been teaching mindfulness to the general public and corporate sector since 2006. She has a Masters in Mindfulness-based Approaches to Health from the University of North Wales, Bangor. She is the author of Living in the Moment (Cico Books, 2012), Mindfulness @ Work (Cico Books, 2014), The Pocket Book of Mindfulness (Cico Books, 2015) and A Year of Living Mindfully (Cico Books, 2015) and Mindfulness on the Go (Cico Books, 2017), My Mindfulness Journal (2019), A Year of Living Kindfully (2020). Her books have sold over 175,000 copies worldwide and been translated into six languages. Anna is also the UK’s only certified and licensed Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain teacher and she has been running 5-day drawing courses since 2007. In her Mindful Drawing workshops, which she has been delivering since 2014, she brings these two strands together.Visit Tutor's Website
"Anna's course was revolutionary for me as an artist and art teacher... it felt at the same time gentle and quiet and also ground-breaking. The course allows a space of contemplation and inquiry to open up allowing intuition to take centre stage; and the answers find you. "
"All one’s senses and whole body are engaged in the acts of drawing and not drawing. The course wordlessly answered all the questions that I had dragged along in a great big metaphorical bag.
Daniel McDermott, artist and teacher
"I believe that I will appreciate the benefit of the course more as each day passes. I feel an imperceptible mental shift. Not in my thinking exactly but more in my general state, a sort of lightness. "
"Thank you for a great workshop. I found it helpful and enjoyable – and am so intrigued by the different exercises you organised and the way they helped clear obstacles to drawing out of the way. "
"Helped me move on with my drawing which is what I hoped for. Tutor was empathic and able to balance clear focus and flexibility... I feel really revved from my weekend. Excellent."
"Helped me back into finding value in drawing. Teaching was respectful, thoughtful and professional. I learnt a lot. "