Drawing and the art of mindfulness
Paying careful attention to Leonardo da Vinci's 'Virgin of the Rocks' through playful and exploratory mindful drawing exercises, we will investigate Leonardo’s fertile creativity, the materials he used, and his empathy for subject matters.
By experiencing just one painting on many levels, this in-depth exploration leads us to a greater appreciation of art and the world around us, which will serve as inspiration for our own drawing.
We also consider how different senses can help us to see paintings afresh and respond to them in new ways.
'The Virgin of the Rocks' is the focus of our exhibition Leonardo: Experience a Masterpiece.
Clare Barton-Harvey is an artist fascinated by the relationship between art, mindfulness, and creativity, which inspires both her artistic and teaching practice. She has been practising mindfulness for over 25 years and teaching drawing and mindfulness courses in a variety of locations including the British Museum, British Library, Pallant House Gallery, and Hampton Court Palace. Barton-Harvey is co-founder of LIMINA collective who specialise in bringing together art and audiences through mindful engagement.