Exploring mark-making as meditation
Facilitator: Anna Black
Event time: Mon 3rd May 2021 at 4:00pm - Mon 17th May 2021 at 5:30pm
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.
At A Glance
- Learn to use drawing as meditation
- Focus on process rather than outcome
- Learning how to pay attention and draw what you see and experience
Participants Will Gain
- Explore 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 three 90 minute online sessions explore the drawing experience paying particular attention to the body and how we perceive ourselves and others through the senses. Moreover, notice 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.
- No experience in drawing or meditation needed
- Plenty of cheap paper (newsprint or inexpensive cartridge paper) - ideally A3 if you can but no smaller than A4 or hardback sketchbook
- Drawing board or hardback sketchbook (ideally A3)
- If using drawing board have bulldog clips or masking tape to hold paper in place
- A small selection of pencils with range of hard and soft - such as H pencils or 2B or similar (i.e. a hard pencil) and 4B or 6B (soft). Exact numbers don’t matter.
- Mechanical pencils can be useful too
- Hard white eraser
- Charcoal (vine) sticks and/or compressed charcoal sticks
- Optional kneadable putty rubber
- Optional ink pen such as fine nib gel pen or rollerball or sketching pen in a dark colour (blue / black or brown)
- Optional ink brush pen (these are usually clear plastic with an integrated water reservoir or cheap small paintbrush that can be used with ink
- Water in screw top jar to prevent spillage
- Wetwipes – we do quite a bit in charcoal which can get messy
- Newspaper to cover your drawing surface
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