Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Observational drawing requires a specific kind of awareness that can be greatly assisted by mindfulness exercises. Through incorporating meditative principles, students will develop their observational drawing skills while striving to build a cathartic relationship with the process of drawing. Through mindfulness exercises, observational drawing exercises, sketchbook journaling, and automatic drawing (also known as surrealist automatism), students will have a space both to improve technically in drawing representationally and to explore non-representational drawing in ways that interest them. All skill levels are welcome.
Emily Peck is a multidisciplinary artist living in Oakland, CA focusing on drawing, ceramics, and animation. They received their BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and continue to work and teach in the bay area. Their ceramic work focuses on abstracted vessels that reference fantasy narratives and cellular processes while their drawings and animations explore the aforementioned themes through landscapes built of delicate marks. Between mediums, their work is unified by a meditative aim to create visual spaces about healing.View Gallery »