London Drawing Group: October Residency
01-10-2019 - 29-10-2019
Stillpoint Spaces London
23 Clerkenwell Close
London, EC1R 0AA
We are proud to announce that the London Drawing Group (LDG) will be running the 'Drawing and The Mind' series of specifically conceived drawing classes at Stillpoint Spaces London this October.
This series of classes is designed to encourage us to, with a focus on how our minds think and our bodies react, rethink how we approach drawing and find new ways of exploring our creative side.
We will be running 2.5 hr classes every Tuesday 7-9.30pm which will include an introduction to the session, a series of drawing exercises with a 20 min break in the middle and a 5-10 min round up at the end of the class.
The London Drawing Group is a group of 3 artists brought together by shared love of and passion for drawing. Our aim as a collective is simply to get more people drawing, making, connecting and engaging with art. We are dedicated to sharing our knowledge and creating an approachable artistic community through our accessible and affordable art classes. We genuinely believe that art is for everyone, and through working to break down contextual barriers with our innovative methods of teaching and creating, we hope to make drawing approachable to everyone.
Since LDG began in 2016 we have taught at Tate, Hayward, Jerwood Gallery, V&A and The British Museum as well as running a varied program of private events, workshops,exhibitions and an annual Drawing Prize.
Open to all, this series of classes is designed to encourage people to rethink how they approach drawing and find new ways of exploring their creative side.
The Art of Mindfulness - Tuesday 1st
The act of drawing is a mindful activity in itself and can have many benefits to our health and well-being. It naturally helps us concentrate and centre our minds, especially when we approach drawing as a process free from expectation. Frances Stanfield will be guiding you through a number of drawing exercises that help bring awareness to your body, breath and thoughts. These will be mindful drawing techniques that you can take away with you and practice in your own time.
Matter Over Mind - Tuesday 8th
Encouraging fun and experimentation, Frances will guide you through drawing the traditional subjects of portraits and still life with both discombobulating and process led exercises. Drawing is a limitless process which is what makes it both wonderful and intimidating. This class is about letting the materials lead the way - leaving behind any inhibitions and in turn discovering the kind of work that can be produced when you let matter overtake the mind.
Conscious and Subconscious Drawing - Tuesday 15th
This class will be exploring the relationship between the ways in which we categorise drawing. Observational drawings and technical methods rely on the full attention and engagement of the brain where as a doodle is seen as an automated process that is led by the subconscious and unintentional wandering mind. In this class Lucy McGeown will be moving between these two areas of attention and finding exercises that use our imagination to bridge the gap between them. Expect a class of interesting experimentation that allows us to differentiate between the modes and question whether they really are as separate as we think.
Drawing and Play - Tuesday 22nd
There are many theories about the role of play within people’s lives and why in particular it has such a crucial role in childhood development. But why do we stop playing as adults and how can art keep us connected to this childlike need to play? Lucy McGeown will be leading this class which will look at how chance and unconventional drawing techniques can be used as a means to develop playful approaches to problem solving, understanding and thinking outside of the box. Playing has an important role in our lives no matter what age we are, creative activities like drawing remain beneficial for continuing to develop and remind us of how to stay open to new ideas. Join us for a reminder of how to learn new ways of seeing through play.
Translating Drawings - Tuesday 29th
In the final session of our ”Drawing and the Mind” series we will explore the relationship between drawing and the written language. Both are often seen as methods of communication that sit alongside each other rather than as a unified whole. This class will seek to find new ways to integrate the two and discover the strength of translating writing into images and images into writing. Through fun exercises we will play with ideas of translation, visual association and interpretation. Working with both can conjure up new and unexpected results and promises to be illuminating for both artists and writers alike.
*Accessibility: At Stillpoint Spaces our aim is to make our events as accessible as possible. However, the building we currently occupy is accessible only by stairwells. Do let us know in advance any issues affecting your accessibility & we will do our very best to accommodate you.
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