Craft Live Drawing and Mindfulness

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Have a gentle, creative and mindful start to the day on our online course

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Take time to connect with one artwork from our collection, The Carrara Herbal manuscript (1390–1404), and be guided through drawing exercises and mindful meditation to develop close attention.

Drawing with mindfulness invites us to be more fully aware of the moment-by-moment sensations of looking at art and to tune into the movement of pencil on paper. Developing our present moment awareness like this can bring about a deeper aesthetic experience 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 14th-century illustrated Herbal from our collection, 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 courses over three Friday’s in April. Book for one or as many as you like:
Friday 9 April
Friday 16 April 
Friday 23 April 

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.

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Name: Craft Live Drawing and Mindfulness
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546

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