Drawing: Movement and Mind

‘‘By doing something a half centimetre high, you are more likely to get a sense of the universe than if you try to do the whole sky.’ Giacometti 
 
We often come to the studio with pre-conceived ideas and high expectations of our work, its methodology and ourselves – before even starting. We will explore what difference it makes to our drawings when working from a calmer sense of self in an experimental course combining the practice of drawing either with that of body movements and simple principles of calligraphy, or with references to philosophy. 
 
Drawing appears on the paper via a series of physiological actions involving our eyes and brain, and the firing-off of muscles. We will see how drawing is enriched when we work from a more effortless place in mind and body. Three days start with meditation, breathing and a customized Yoga-based series of movements to release stiffness from the body and encourage fluidity. This will be followed by a series of calligraphy experiments. We will work from observation either from the model or from what surrounds us at home for the rest of the day and have group crits at the end of each day. The other two days will engage with the concept of existence, vastness, and the relationship of being human in the world in the context of today. Cultivating a spontaneity in drawing will be in the centre of an active creative process and everybody will be encouraged to take it as a journey - to mediate - to contemplate - and to meditate into the life itself - in Drawing Life. Our journey will begin with the enquiry into our living surrounding world.
 
Exploring new ways to think, draw, breathe or open the body often implies expanding our comfort zone. This may at times create a little resistance. If so, we will quietly take notice, fall back on patience and tenacity and enjoy the rewards in the drawings at the end of each day.

 

NHS staff receive a 20% discount; to apply participants must submit proof by emailing a photograph of their NHS staff badge to admin@royaldrawingschool.org before booking a course. 

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