Drawing as Meditation Winter 2024

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Drawing as Meditation is a course focused on drawing as a cross-disciplinary practice that activates our mind-body relationships. Going beyond the technical, we will center drawing as practice in mindfulness, where one’s “mind” is understood as a fully embodied, inter/subjective experience. Diverse drawing experiments will bring awareness to our body sensations, emotions, thought patterns, and expectations we may have for our drawings. Using both traditional and nontraditional drawing tools, we will explore a series of activities that draw on Psychology, Art Education, Performance Studies, and Liberatory practices. We will explore what it means to have a creative practice and how to incorporate forms of play into our learning and growth. Class time (two 3-hour sessions per week) will be split between short drawing activities and discussion. Enrolled students will be expected to complete daily drawing journals, as well as short readings and writings, not exceeding 10 hours per week. No prior drawing experience required, only a willing desire to put pencil to paper, to experiment, and to be open to what unfolds.
The Class: Format: studio
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 1358
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Attendance, completion of daily drawing journals, weekly readings, and short writing reflections, and participation in class activities
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Students who have otherwise struggled to enroll in arts classes. Preference for Juniors and Seniors
Materials/Lab Fee: $150. Lab and materials fees for all studio art classes are covered by the Book Grant for all Williams financial aid recipients.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression
STUX Winter Study Student Exploration
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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