RELAXATION THROUGH ART
We first start with a few relaxation exercises…
Physically and mentally, slowly developing our awareness to the present.
Some of the exercises I have developed are great fun…some full of surprises and some just absolutely intriguing!
It’s all about learning and discovering parts of ourselves through the simple art of creating lines and patterns.
Looking at the relationships we and others have with colour…through our varied social cultures and personal traditions.
Discovering symbolisms and their meaning…throughout history – and yet…all the while…creating, creating and creating!
Apparently there have been numerous experiments with memory retention and all of them have shown a significant improvement (up to 29%) when groups of people were given information to retain while doodling.
An idle doodle is visually committed to memory.
Yeah! try telling my teacher at school that…I can vividly remember continuously being told off for doodling…
Do you remember doodling on your exercise books at school. It’s instinctive, all children doodle…but we were made to stop…we were told it was useless and a waste of time.
Learning techniques then were more on the side of receiving information and memorising it…now schools are realising just how important imagery is to enable us to engage, to identify and to connect with what we are learning…resulting with classrooms filled with pictures, diagrams, brainstorming…and doodling…yes doodling would you believe!
Many of us doodle and don’t really realise what we are doing – but what is a doodle?
In the dictionary it says ‘To scribble, a drawing made absent-mindedly, when not thinking…emm, I’m not quite sure about that…
But it sounds great, creating without thinking!
I can do that…apparently we have always being doing that…and as we know children do it all the time…they just draw without really thinking, they imagine.
I’ll write more soon.
But in the meantime….
Relaxation through Art
To book your tickets on EVENTBRITE please click here.
At: The Chapel, St. Margret’s House, Old Ford Road, London, E2 9PL
Date: Friday 12th June 2015 to Friday 3rd July 2015 (4 week course)
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Or to reserve your FREE ticket contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org (maximum 10 tickets available).
The Chapel is a lovely tiny little hidden gem of a building, secretly tucked away in the wonderful gardens of St. Margret’s House in Old Ford Road. It’s not used as a chapel now-a-days, but still has the quietness and stillness of a place of peace. Once inside (you need to go through the famous Gallery Cafe to get to us…by the way the cafe is vegan and serves the best coffee in Bethnal Green….just ask one of the lovely friendly staff if you get lost, though I will make sure there are signs and directions at the entrance to the cafe on session days) anyway once you walk your way through the little winding path of the gardens to the Chapel you will find us there…just come in, listen to the music and chill out!
Our aim is to relax through the joy of art and simple meditation, relaxation techniques. Together we will explore ways of turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts by using a creative focus. We will start each week with simple fun mark making exercises … remember NO experience of art or drawing needed…just have fun letting the pen take you where ever, when ever, how ever it wants.
Each week we will experiment with different techniques using various mediums.