creative research gallery and drawing center
a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization

 

DRAWING CENTER STUDIO





Drawing as Mindfulness

A Weekly Breath of Fresh Air

...No talent required!

In this class, who we are being during the act of drawing is more important than what we ultimately produce.

Led by Brigid O’Kane

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Schedule

Every Monday, 7-9pm
(Doors open at 6:30 - Come early and mingle) 

Ongoing, weekly through March 2018, in 8-week blocks.

Sessions are limited to 15 participants max. Enrollment can begin on any scheduled Monday*, and will continue for 8 weeks.**

* see registration for details and limitations.

** registration is only available in 8-week blocks. We strongly feel the full benefit of the program only comes from at least one full cycle of the 8-week program. Repeat and ongoing enrollment is encouraged for those who would like ongoing practice. The program is designed to gradually evolve to ensure a fresh experience across a full year.



Description

Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.

Research studies have indicated that the practice of mindfulness is strongly correlated with greater well-being and perceived health.



“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”

— Joseph Campbell


Some say "Art is Life." If this is true, then this new program at Manifest is a Life Class, a Mind Class, or a Class on Being—we just happen to use pencils and pens to get a grip on life.

Many of Manifest's Drawing Center offerings focus on making artists better, and making better art. This serves many aspiring and trained artists well, but can be a barrier to participation for non-artists. Yet our founding principles include the notion that being in a studio, and using drawing as a lens with which to see the world and get to know yourself can be incredibly meaningful for anyone. This weekly offering is designed for anyone, from those with no skill, talent, or experience, to those who have studied art all their lives.

Drawing and design concepts such as negative space, balance, harmony, proportion, and movement, among others, merit exploring in life as much as in art. Through the same processes that artists use to make art, non-artists can learn about themselves, about their world, about being in time. Drawing as Mindfulness is not about creating a wonderful product (a 'work of art'). Yes, drawings will be made—usually of simple objects brought in by the participants or provided by the instructor. But the real product is a quality experience, a renewed understanding of the value of practicing a form of visual art with a simple tool like a pencil or pen, and an enlivened connection to the world and people around you.

Join a 'rolling' 8-week group of fellow humans to explore how being in 'the studio' is like being in a church, an ancient old-growth forest, or prehistoric cave—allowing for the disolving of assumed barriers between what one thinks about oneself relative to 'art' and how one processes the reality of being an individual in the world.

Each week will include basic and refreshing drawing guidance as well as guided philosophical thinking structured around 7 principles of design and their opposites. Classes are 2 hours. Each class will be facilitated by Brigid O'Kane who will bring her expertise and life insights to the group at hand. Discussion, sketching, and some writing will all center on the practice of mindfulness anchored by the 'principles of the day'.




Tuition:

$200 (covers 8 consecutive weeks, 2hrs per week)




Level of Study

The class is open to anyone—those from all levels of experience who are willing to participate as part of an evolving group for all 8 weeks of guided direction, and involvment in discussions about the crossovers between life and art. No talent is required, only curiosity and a positive spirit. 



Enrollment
(per meeting)

Minimium: 4
Limit: 15
                              
            



Materials

  • Sketchbook: approximately 8.5”x11” in size with white paper

  • Eraser: any firm white vinyl eraser such as the Staedtler Mars Eraser

  • Pencil Sharpener: Brass Bullet Sharpener or single hole sharpener with plastic dome that collections shavings

  • Pencil: Any standard #2 pencil will do, however a basic set with more variety of hardnesses, including 2B, HB and 2H, is recommended. 

  • Ball Point Pen: any color

  • Ultra Fine Black Sharpie Marker: additional thicknesses are welcome in addition to the ultra fine

 




LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and direction links below). Manifest's studio facility provides two classrooms, a darkroom, and a processing room all totalling nearly 4000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


 

 

 




 

 

 




 

 

About the Instructor

Brigid O'Kane is a co-founder of Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center and has been a Professor of Design at the University of Cincinnati for the past seventeen years. She holds degrees from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit (BFA, Industrial Design) and the University of Cincinnati (MFA, Drawing). Brigid blends her creative interests in visual art, design, and environmental responsibility with her expertise in the academic arena of design education. For her, drawing and the basic principles of design provide a thread that joins all of these interests, and empower a life well-lived.

This new ongoing weekly offering was built out of a collaborative piltot course between Manifest Drawing Center and The Hive, co-taught by Brigid and Troy Bronsink in fall of 2017. Drawing as Mindfulness focuses and expands upon the in-studio and hands-on components of that popular collaborative.

Brigid crafted this course inspired by her interests in drawing and meditation. She brings an additional layer of awareness to the studio, as her previous work led towards her certification in the Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy offered through Women Writing for (a) Change


About Drawing as Mindfulness Brigid states:

"Drawing, as a mindful act of seeing, teaches us to look more closely. With practice, we see what is there to be seen, not what we think we see. When we look without attachment to a specific outcome we experience a compassionate detachment, which is liberating. Through mindful drawing we make deeper connections and find a new freedom in drawing and in life."

 

 



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Manifest's 14th season is funded in part by an impact grant
from ArtsWave, the Ohio Arts Council, and the generous contributions
of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.



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(or by special appointment)

closed Sun and Mon

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cincinnati, ohio 45206


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