In an age dominated by screens and feeds, where looking has become not only cursory but perpetual, immersive yet distracted – drawing is a refuge of contemplation and perception.
Drawing with Mindfulness aims to help people reclaim drawing as a part of their lives, to reconnect them with something that is slow, and present, and ancient.
All welcome! Artists, acrobats, accountants: these classes accommodate the full spectrum of experience.
Some of the things that have led to my teaching Drawing with Mindfulness: a witchy, inspiring drawing lecturer from my Fine Arts degree; twenty years of working as an artist and finding ways to maintain interest in my studio practice; a deep belief in storytelling expanded by a Literature degree; and an interest in creating spaces for people, both physical and psychological.
This portrait of me emoting during class is by talented artist and Drawing with Mindfulness student Julia Sullivan.
“The classes have been really inspiring and I've learnt so much. I can't thank you enough for re-igniting the love of drawing in me.” Julia
“I haven't touched a brush or a pencil for a year and this has made me want to draw and paint again. Your talks have been so enlightening, inspiring and articulate; to look and listen and to understand exactly what the image was about has been a revelation.” Elaine
19th OCTOBER | WEDNESDAY 6pm SAST
This class gives some background to the Drawing with Mindfulness philosophy and is also an introduction to some simple drawing exercises. If you're unsure about signing up for a course, you're welcome to attend this one to find out more and get a feel for the classes.
Image: Albrecht Durer’s Monkey Dance 1493
Wednesdays/Thursdays 6pm SAST
Drop in for just one session when it takes your fancy.
ZAR 175 per session
Francisco Goya, Young Witch Flying on a Rope, 1828
26th OCTOBER - 14th DECEMBER
WEDNESDAYS ONLINE 6 - 7:15pm (SAST)
This course looks at all the different ways throughout history and across cultures that we've used drawing or the image to entertain ourselves - from paper toys to travelling theatre to modern art. We'll explore what the purpose of play is in our drawing – and in the rest of life! This is a wonderful buoyant course to end the year with, and our focus will be on practical techniques to invite play back into all your creative endeavours. Get your poster paints and your potato stamps ready!
ZAR 650 / $36 (4 x fortnightly classes)
ZAR 1250 / $69 (8 x weekly classes)*
*Includes practical classes that delve deeper into the previous week's theme. All courses include access to notes, recordings and an interactive class page.
Image: ‘Game of Shadows’ card game, 1899
Sign up to receive news about upcoming classes and specials