Sketchbook Saturday: Mindful Pauses

Karly Allen facilitates this online event for The National Gallery

Sketchbook Saturdays are morning-long creative sessions with the aim of exploring the various ways in which artists have approached their own image making.

Suitable for beginners, as well as those wanting to improve their current skills, each month we explore a particular theme or subject through practical activities based upon the art and artists found in our collection.

From drawing techniques and materials, to the ways that artists today have taken inspiration from the past, develop your own toolkit of ideas for making art at home.

Take a mindful approach to looking and drawing, in this session led by Karly Allen. Starting with a short mindfulness practice, you’ll be guided to notice the gaps in between shapes in paintings, where we experience a visual pause. Making drawings to explore and expand these spaces, we’ll take mindful pauses to encourage a greater sense of ease and connection as we draw. Suitable for all, no previous experience of mindfulness needed.

 

Craft Live: Drawing and Mindfulness 3 for The British Library

With Karly Allen

Start your day with a mindful experience based on one artwork in our collection. Bringing together drawing exercises and mindful meditation, our course encourages a close relationship with art while opening up a greater space for creativity.

The practice of mindful drawing invites us to be fully present with the sensations of looking and making marks on paper. Coming into the present moment like this can help us to feel more focused and grounded, and have a positive effect on our sense of wellbeing.

Our session begins with a short meditation practice to settle the mind and awake the senses, then we’ll explore a 16th century Japanese manuscript of the Tales of Ise, through observational drawing and abstract drawn responses. The session ends with an opportunity to reflect on your experience of sustained, careful looking, before closing with a mindful pause.

This is one of three Drawing and Mindfulness events which can be booked across three Fridays in August:

Friday 6 August

Friday 13 August

Friday 27 August

This course takes place on Zoom and we will email you a joining link the day before. There will be an opportunity to reflect on your experience with your fellow participants and share your responses with the tutor.

Live captions will be provided by Stagetext.

Craft Live: Drawing and Mindfulness 2 for The British Library

With Karly Allen

Start your day with a mindful experience based on one artwork in our collection. Bringing together drawing exercises and mindful meditation, our course encourages a close relationship with art while opening up a greater space for creativity.

The practice of mindful drawing invites us to be fully present with the sensations of looking and making marks on paper. Coming into the present moment like this can help us to feel more focused and grounded, and have a positive effect on our sense of wellbeing.

Our session begins with a short meditation practice to settle the mind and awake the senses, then we’ll explore a 16th century Japanese manuscript of the Tales of Ise, through observational drawing and abstract drawn responses. The session ends with an opportunity to reflect on your experience of sustained, careful looking, before closing with a mindful pause.

This is one of three Drawing and Mindfulness events which can be booked across three Fridays in August:

Friday 6 August

Friday 13 August

Friday 27 August

This course takes place on Zoom and we will email you a joining link the day before. There will be an opportunity to reflect on your experience with your fellow participants and share your responses with the tutor.

Live captions will be provided by Stagetext.

Craft Live: Drawing and Mindfulness 1 for The British Library

With Karly Allen

Start your day with a mindful experience based on one artwork in our collection. Bringing together drawing exercises and mindful meditation, our course encourages a close relationship with art while opening up a greater space for creativity.

The practice of mindful drawing invites us to be fully present with the sensations of looking and making marks on paper. Coming into the present moment like this can help us to feel more focused and grounded, and have a positive effect on our sense of wellbeing.

Our session begins with a short meditation practice to settle the mind and awake the senses, then we’ll explore a 16th century Japanese manuscript of the Tales of Ise, through observational drawing and abstract drawn responses. The session ends with an opportunity to reflect on your experience of sustained, careful looking, before closing with a mindful pause.

This is one of three Drawing and Mindfulness events which can be booked across three Fridays in August:

Friday 6 August

Friday 13 August

Friday 27 August

This course takes place on Zoom and we will email you a joining link the day before. There will be an opportunity to reflect on your experience with your fellow participants and share your responses with the tutor.

Live captions will be provided by Stagetext.

Art and Mindfulness Day Retreat at Pallant House, Chichester

A day for exploring different aspects of mindfulness practice in relation to the gallery context. We will use art engagement for looking into mindfulness of body, emotions and thought. A day to immerse, relax, reconnect and replenish in the company of others, surrounded and nourished by the artworks in the collection.

 

Slow Art Day at Pallant House, Chichester

This event is cancelled.

Join us on International Slow Art Day for an introduction to drawing and the art of mindfulness. An opportunity to explore the beauty and simplicity of the ancient practice of mindfulness in the context of drawing. Explore how drawing can be both playful and enriching, and how it can support a deepening engagement with artworks in our collection. A practical drawing workshop, incorporating a range of mindfulness and drawing approaches.

Mini Mindfulness at Gunnersbury Museum

As part of our Family Mindful Activity Afternoon, join us for a mindful activity in the museum. Suitable for children 5+.
About this Event
Take a breath, slow down, and notice the sights and sounds around you in this mindfulness workshop for all the family. Specialists, Limina Collective will guide you in playful mindfulness activities in response to museum objects, through drawing, colour and sound.

Facilitated by Karly Allen and Lucia van der Drift