Drawing as Mindfulness
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 training.
Research studies have indicated that the practice of mindfulness is strongly correlated with greater well-being and perceived health.
“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." If this is true, then this new program at Manifest is a Life Class, a Mind Class, or a Class on Being—we just happen to use pencils and pens to get a grip on life.
Many of Manifest's Drawing Center offerings focus on making artists better, and making better art. This serves many aspiring and trained artists well, but can be a barrier to participation for non-artists. Yet our founding principles include the notion that being in a studio, and using drawing as a lens with which to see the world and get to know yourself can be incredibly meaningful for anyone. This weekly offering is designed for anyone, from those with no skill, talent, or experience, to those who have studied art all their lives.
In this class, who we are being during the act of drawing is more important than what we ultimately produce.
Drawing and design concepts 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 artists use to make art, non-artists can learn about themselves, about their world, about being in time. Drawing as Mindfulness is not about creating a wonderful product (a 'work of art'). Yes, drawings will be made—usually of simple objects brought in by the participants or provided by the instructor. But the real product is a quality experience, a renewed understanding of the value of practicing a form of visual art with a simple tool like a pencil or pen, and an enlivened connection to the world and people around you.
Join a 'rolling' 8-week group of fellow humans to explore how being in 'the studio' is like being in a church, an ancient old-growth forest, or prehistoric cave—allowing for the dissolving of assumed barriers between what one thinks about oneself relative to 'art' and how one processes the reality of being an individual in the world.
Each week will include basic and refreshing drawing guidance as well as guided philosophical thinking structured around 7 principles of design and their opposites. Classes are 2 hours. Each class will be facilitated by Brigid O'Kane who will bring her expertise and life insights to the group at hand. Discussion, sketching, and some writing will all center on the practice of mindfulness anchored by the 'principles of the day'.
Level of Study
The class is open to anyone—those from all levels of experience who are willing to participate as part of an evolving group for all 8 weeks of guided direction, and involvement in discussions about the crossovers between life and art. No talent is required, only curiosity and a positive spirit.
$200 (covers 8 consecutive weeks, 2hrs per week)
To encourage ongoing mindfulness practice at the Drawing Center, a 25% discount is offered to returning course participants re-registering within one week of their prior session's conclusion.
Every Monday, 7-9pm
(Doors open at 6:30 - Come early and mingle)
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.
Session: August 20 - October 8
Session: August 27 - October 15
Session: September 3 - October 22
Session: September 10 - October 29
Session: September 17 - November 5
Session: September 24 - November 12
Session: October 1 - November 19
Session: October 8 - November 26
Session: October 15 - December 3
Session: October 22 - December 10
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.
** registration is only available in 8-week blocks. 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.