Art as a meditation practice
Facilitator: Anna Black
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. We will explore our experience with all our senses which enables us to learn more about our subject. We will not be learning how to draw but rather how to pay attention and let go of pre-conceived ideas.
We are interested in the process of drawing without worrying about the outcome. Thus we draw what we see and also our experience of what we see and feel.
Event time: Fri 12th Apr 2019 at 4:00pm - Sun 14th Apr 2019 at 4:00pm
At a glance
- Mindful Drawing is an exploration of drawing as meditation.
- This is not a how-to-draw workshop but rather an opportunity to explore how we can pay attention in many different ways.
- Includes short periods of guided meditation but no prior meditation or drawing experience is needed.
What will participants gain
- The liberation from creating a piece of art or something recognizable can be helpful at removing blocks to drawing
- We will explore drawing as a meditation practice
- We will explore seeing and other senses as a way of transforming our experience.
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. 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. We will not be learning how to draw but rather how to pay attention and let go of pre-conceived ideas.
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.
Mindful Drawing is an exploration of drawing as meditation but there will also be short periods of guided meditation but no prior meditation or drawing experience is needed.
No prior experience of drawing or meditation needed. Just bring an open mind and curiosity.
Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind if it gets dirty – perhaps bring an apron.
Some materials will be supplied but if you can bring along the following items although we won’t necessarily be using them all: a hardback sketchbook, a selection of pencils, an optional ink pen, an ink brush pen, hard white eraser, kneadable putty rubber, scissors for cutting paper and wet wipes.
*Please note that prices are listed per person. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.
Anna Black has been teaching mindfulness since 2006 and teaches the general public and in organisations. She has a Masters in Mindfulness-based Approaches to Health from the University of North Wales, Bangor. Anna is the author of several books that focus on weaving mindfulness into everyday life including Living in the Moment (Cico Books, 2012), Mindfulness @ Work (Cico Books, 2014), The Pocket Book of Mindfulness (Cico Books, 2015), A Year of Living Mindfully (Cico Books, 2015), Mindfulness on the Go (Cico Books, 2017) which was winner of Soul & Spirit Magazine’s ‘Most Emotional Healing Book 2017’ and Mindfulness and Sleep (Cico Books, 2018). Her books have sold over 160,000 copies wordwide.Visit Tutor's Website
“I found the workshop very liberating. I loved the non-judgemental approach and being able to experiment. Overall, the workshop was one of the best things I’ve done. I hope to carry on drawing and maybe make it another strand to my mindfulness practice.”
“Helped me back into finding value in drawing. Was respectful, thoughtful and professional teaching. Very helpful. I learnt a lot.”
“Anna's course was revolutionary for me as an artist and art teacher. Anna's course 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”.