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New Ideas in Mindfulness through Drawing
10:00 AM10:00

New Ideas in Mindfulness through Drawing

New exercises to promote mindfulness through drawing.

Mindfulness is the practice of being in the present moment and developing an awareness of what’s happening within us: our emotions, physical sensations and thoughts. In a world that can’t stop moving, it’s a great way to slow down and find some peace. It’s also the perfect accompaniment to any art practice since it helps to calm the judgmental voice in your mind that says your work isn’t good enough.

In this class, we’ll practice slowing down and enjoying the moment. We’ll start with a guided breathing exercise to help us get calm and centred. Next we’ll experiment with blind contour and drawing by touch, watching what happens in our minds and bodies as we draw. Stephanie will then demonstrate how to draw mandalas, which promote meditation and contemplation. Finally, we’ll practice letting go of judgment and our inner critic by drawing a series of 50 faces on Post-its. Throughout the class we’ll learn to move through resistance and focus on the process rather than the end result.

Whether you have taken Mindfulness through Drawing with Stephanie Medford or not – or even if you are a complete beginner at drawing – this is an enjoyable and useful class.

Where: The Paint Spot's Artelier, 10007 80 Ave

Cost: $80 + Supplies. Participants get 20% off supplies at the Paint Spot.

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The Art of Paying Attention
7:00 PM19:00

The Art of Paying Attention

How often do you walk around your neighborhood without really noticing what’s there? What wonders might you discover if you started to pay more attention to your surrounding? Elizabeth Gilbert says that, “When you are attentive you see that every hour is different. It's a new universe every minute."

In this workshop, we’ll go for a walk around the neighborhood and use all our senses to explore and discover. Then we’ll return to the gallery to create a mixed media artwork based on what we found. We'll learn to open up our eyes and ears to the creative inspiration that is all around us as we practice observation, mindfulness, and non-judgement.

Supplies for mixed media artwork will be provided.

Where: Bleeding Heart Art Space, 9140 118th Ave

Cost: $25

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