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Drawing for the Mind is part of The Big Anxiety Festival 2017. See our website for more info https://www.thebiganxiety.org/

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Drawing is thinking in a visual form, and an effective tool to achieve calm engagement with the world around us.

This workshop will help you slow down, observe and see more clearly, bringing a focus of quiet attention on the current moment in time.


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This workshop explores the recent popularity of using colouring in drawings to help relax the mind and create a sense of flow. We will use the resources of the beautiful botanic gardens to create simple line drawings and then draw repeated, meditative shapes. Drawing is thinking in a visual form, and it can be an effective tool to create a sense of calm engagement with the natural world around us. Drawing can help us to slow down, observe and see more clearly, and to bring a focus of quiet attention on the current moment in time. No prior art experience is required for this workshop, and adult participants at all levels of ability are welcome.

Associate Professor Emma Robertson, UNSW, teaches this special workshop which explores how art and nature both provide antidotes to feelings of anxiety, as proven in recent research into biophilia and ecopsychology. Drawn images of plants can enhance a calm meditation, and observing natural forms can help to reduce blood pressure, improve immune responses, and help alleviate depression and anxiety. The workshop is associated with the Art + Nature: Antidotes to Anxiety exhibition which is being held at the Fisher Library, Sydney University from 20 September to 14 October.

Emma Robertson

Emma is an award winning artist, whose work is in seven public collections in four countries. The Hospital Trust for Scotland purchased two works for their permanent collection, which were commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council for the exhibition Wordworks. Emma’s work has been competitively selected for the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, the JADA, and four International Biennials of Drawing. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Scientia Education Fellow / Associate Professor at UNSW, and a previous Artist in Residence at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Her expertise in education relating to entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity at University and Executive Education levels has seen her win three prestigious teaching awards.


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