Drawing as Mindfulness
Find Your Center!
A Weekly Breath of Fresh Air ...No Talent Required!
Led by Brigid O’Kane
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Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other practices.
Research studies have indicated that the practice of mindfulness is strongly correlated with many benefits including improved health, a calmer mind, stress relief, more restful sleep and a greater sense of wellbeing.
Drawing is similar to meditation, in that it requires focused attention on subject matter being drawn. The drawing process is just as important as the drawing being created, and in this course process is emphasized within the present moment.
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”
— Joseph Campbell
Some say "Art is Life." This program embraces this concept by weaving together drawing with mindfulness, creating a transformative experience in Life, Mind and Being—we just happen to use pencils and pens to get a grip on life.
This weekly offering is designed for anyone, from those with no skill, talent, or experience, to those who have studied art all their lives. It serves trained artists as well as non-artists. Founding principles of this course include the notion that drawing is a lens with which to see the world. Building upon this idea, Drawing as Mindfulness is a thoughtful approach to drawing and an invitation for you to get to know yourself on a deeper level. The class primarily focuses on practices of observational drawing. Participants interested in other practices should get approval from the instructor.
“Drawing is a way to communicate that which cannot be said
with words. Communication within the wordless realm requires presence. Therefore, who you are being during the drawing process is just as important as what you ultimately produce."
— Brigid O’Kane
Principles of visual organization such as negative space, balance, harmony, proportion, and movement, among others, merit exploring in life as much as in art. Through the same processes that creatives use to make works of art, non-artists and experienced artists can learn more about themselves, their world, and being in time. Drawing as Mindfulness is not about creating a wonderful product (a 'work of art'). Yes, drawings will be made—usually of objects from nature provided by the instructor. The real product is a quality experience. Participants in this course report experiencing a deeper appreciation of practicing a form of visual art. With a pencil and eraser, participants develop an enlivened connection to life and art, which enhances their relationship to the world and people around them.
Join a 'rolling' 8-week group of like-minded individuals to explore how being in 'the studio' is like being in a church, an ancient old-growth forest, or prehistoric cave. The experience dissolves assumed barriers between what one thinks about oneself relative to life and art. It alters how we process the reality of being connected in the world.
Each week will include basic and refreshing guided drawing sessions as well as philosophical thinking structured around 8 principles of visual organization and their opposites. Classes are 2 hours. Each class is facilitated by Brigid O'Kane who brings her expertise and life insights to each class. Insightful discussions and thoughtful drawing processes are all central to the practice of mindfulness and are anchored in the 'principles of the day'.
Level of Study
The class is open to anyone. Those from all levels of drawing experience are welcome. The course is for those who are open to participating in guided drawing experiences and friendly conversations about the crossovers between life and art. No talent is required, only curiosity and an open mind.
$200 (covers 8 consecutive weeks*, 2hrs per week)
One makeup session is added to the end of an 8-week session for one absence, plus one optional chance to BRING-A-FRIEND (for the $25 walk-in rate) per 8-week session. Students are also encouraged to attend the Drawing Center’s FREE Open Studios every Sunday to practice the topics covered in class each Monday.
Returning Participants Discounted Rate: $150
A 25% discount offered to returning course participants re-registering within one week of their prior session's conclusion. Mindfulness is a lifelong practice, and Manifest offers this discount to encourage ongoing participation.
Walk-in Option: Those who have taken the full 8-week course at least once may later register to walk-in to any Monday Drawing as Mindfulness session. Register on-line anytime. Contact Brigid O’Kane if you spontaneously register the same day you plan to attend class.
FREE Open Studio Sundays: Participants in Drawing as Mindfulness are invited to attend free Open Studio Sessions on any Sunday afternoon, 4:30-7:00pm as an extension of this class. This is optional for those who are interested.
Every Monday, 7-9pm
(Doors open at 6:45 - Come early, get set up, and mingle)
**NOTE: This class has returned to weekly, in-person meetings. Masks are still requested of all participants and social distancing will be practiced as frequently as possible.
Ongoing, weekly in 8-week overlapping blocks. Sessions will be removed from this list when all seats are full. Session dates further in the future will be added several weeks out.
** Seating is limited. Early registration is recommended.
Upcoming Session Start Dates:
January 10 (online via Zoom)
Sessions are limited to 15 participants max. Enrollment can begin on any scheduled Monday*, and will continue for 8 weeks.**
* see registration for details and limitations. Please note: sessions falling on U.S. holidays generally skip dates too.
Class will not be held on the following dates. Any session that includes one of these dates will be extended by one week to ensure 8 weeks of class. Please plan accordingly:
January 17, 2022
February 14, 2022
March 14, 2022
May 30, 2022
July 4, 2022
** registration is only available in 8-week blocks for new participants. We strongly feel the full benefit of the program only comes from at least one full cycle of the 8-week program. Repeat and ongoing enrollment is encouraged for those who would like ongoing practice. The program is designed to gradually evolve to ensure a fresh experience across a full year.