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For the Love of Drawing: Drawing as a Path to Meditation and Mindfulness

October 16, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


When you draw, you are touching the world in an original way. Awaken to the extraordinary and transient nature of form. Experience relaxed, alert, awareness and the pleasurable, almost mystical activation of the mind.

Drawing is a curious process, so intertwined with seeing that the two can hardly be separated. It is a mode of perception, and a shift in perception enables anyone to see the way an artist sees. We will be working with a method of drawing that enables you, by conscious volition, to make that shift. The visual, spatial, and relational will come forth and you will engage in seeing more deeply.

Drawing is the art of noticing, a discipline by which you constantly rediscover the world. Focusing on the language of form as we draw, we will engage in pointed mindfulness. For the time being the split between the observer and the observed will diminish. Engaging in creative activity can create greater mindfulness in all our endeavors as one experience informs the other. Mindfulness is the process of noticing new things; when you do that it puts you in the present, it’s the essence of engagement.


Beginners and non-beginners are welcome. Workshop limited to 8 people.

Supply list

  • drawing board
  • 2B pencils (2)
  • 6B pencils (2)
  • soft charcoal pencil (1)
  • vine charcoal; soft and medium (box of 3)
  • pencil sharpener
  • hand held sandpaper sharpening pad
  • kneaded eraser
  • Staedtler Mars plastic eraser
  • Strathmore drawing paper / 14” x 17” pad (or larger if you prefer)

Weather permitting, we will be going outdoors so, if you need protection, please bring a hat and sunblock along with your bag lunch.



Sunday, October 16,
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

$125/ $100 OHCA members


Members, please enter coupon code MEMBER upon checkout to receive your membership discount.

Beginners welcome.


About Carolyn:

Carolyn Fee is an artist, educator, and art consultant. She is the founder and teacher of For the Love of Drawing, a course dedicated to deepening the drawing experience. She has been teaching drawing for fifteen years.


Carolyns drawing instruction has opened me to the subtleties of perception and a deeper sensitivity to the world around me. There is a zone, this right brained awareness, that harbors such depth and beauty.

Carolyn understands how to help you access this part of yourself as a person and an artist. Learning to draw and to see with sensitivity has enhanced my work in other mediums as well.”

Joyce Feeney, student and OHCA member


Carolyns meditation and art class is a wonderful opportunity to practice the basics of drawing while learning the art of mindfulness. Carolyn curates a collection of short lessons and teaches you to slow down, study, and appreciate the beauty in the everyday while you bring those objects to life on paper. You will gain confidence not only in your artistic ability, but more importantly, in your ability to be totally present in an active meditation. Carolyn is a phenomenal teacher, and you will be delighted to see that you will translate your learning from the course into your daily life.”

Lindsay Noran, student



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October 16, 2016
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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(415) 388-4331