Drawing in Plants: The Contours of Connection with Shay
In this course, we explore how to utilize a method of drawing called blind contour as a technique to sharpen observation skills while learning an intimate approach to communing with plants.
Date: October 23, 2021 Time: 10am-12:30pm
Tuition: $35 / Early Bird Tuition: $25 ( thru 10/16)
Platform: Meet In Person at Mead Gardens
Level: All Levels
In this course, we explore how to utilize a method of drawing called blind contour as a technique to sharpen observation skills while learning an intimate approach to communing with plants. Blind contour drawing is a creative means of meditation that can calm the nervous system and easily place the person into a flow state through intense focus. Because blind contour drawing is concerned with the process of seeing and experiencing the subject rather than with a final, polished result, it is a wonder-filled technique to break through self-limiting beliefs around creativity and the defeatist mantra “I am not artistic”. The drawings you make are of less consequence than the act of having done the drawing at all. While we will not be focused on exacting botanical drawing in this course, the method of direct devoted looking is a beneficial practice for those learning botany or who want to do botanical drawing. We learn to sit still, quiet our thoughts, fully engage in reverence to the plants before us, and make some fun drawings in the process.
The class will be held in person at Mead Gardens: 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park, FL 32789. We will meet at the picnic table on the right side of the parking lot before you reach the Garden Reception Hall building at the end of the lot. We will walk together to the butterfly garden located between the Grove performance pavilion and the pole barn where class will be held.
Please bring a pad of sketch paper, one (or a few) drawing implements of your choice (pen, pencil, marker, Sharpie, charcoal, chalk — any writing utensil that won’t run out of ink while you aren’t paying any attention to it will work and something to sit on. We want to get as up close and personal with the plants as possible so sitting on the ground is preferred but please bring whatever seating your body most needs to be comfortable.
- Combine the practices of mindfulness meditation & drawing
- Reduce anxiety
- Improve focus
- Learn a creativity practice for those who don’t think they are creative
- Become more attuned to plant energies and spirit
- Shift how one sees the world
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Instructor: Shay DeGrandis
Shay DeGrandis is an artist, community herbalist, writer, death midwife, accidental comedian, and well-meaning but amateur therapist working in the Orlando area. She is a recent graduate of the Florida School of Holistic Living Community Herbalist Program and received her BFA from Florida International University (via New World School of the Arts), her MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park, and went on the study Art History at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She loves to spend her time in her garden, chatting with the plants.