When you were a kid, you knew how to draw. It didn't matter what the drawings looked like because you had so much fun making them. Then somewhere along the line, you learned that drawing is only for artists and you stopped.
Guess what? You still know how to draw. You have the ability to make marks on paper and find joy in it - just like you did when you were a kid.
In this course, I'll teach you mindfulness techniques to help you observe and calm your inner critic - the part of you that says you can't draw - and work through resistance.
Through a variety of fun, light-hearted exercises, you'll learn to drop the goal of making perfect representations of the world and instead use drawing as a way to connect with your creativity. You'll experiment with new materials and new methods and you'll practice slowing down and enjoying the process.
This is not about learning to draw. It's about learning to enjoy drawing and feed your creativity.
This course is for you if:
The format will consist of 10 lessons spread over 30 days - each one will be a mix of inspiration from me and other artists, guided mindfulness practices, drawing exercises, and more. You can follow along with the group, engaging with me and other students in the comments section of each lesson, or work at your own pace.
The fun starts February 12, 2018 but sign up now! You'll immediately get access to some fun pre-course bonuses!
The price: $97 CAD
Artist, teacher, writer, creativity crusader. My current mission is help people who have lost touch with their creativity find their way back to their creative selves. I blog about creativity and my own creative adventures at stephaniemedford.com and I teach classes in printmaking, mixed media, mindfulness and the creative process.
Section One: Introduction
Section Two: Making Marks
Section Three: Finding Inspiration
Section Four: Learning to Play
Section Five: Getting Curious
Section Six: Seeking Softness
Section Seven: Practising Non-Judgement
Section Eight: Dealing with Resistance
Section Nine: Following Intuition
Section Ten: Recording Data
Section Eleven: Moving Forward
“I had a lot of fun. It really ignited in me this sense that I am capable of creating art and that is a wonderful feeling. I left the workshop feeling a great sense of pride and accomplishment. And I know it was because of your guidance and your belief in me.”
- Anna Wallace
"Stephanie is a gifted teacher, who shares her knowledge generously. She creates an environment of positivity and joy in her classes, offering guidance and encouragement along the way. Her workshop was very professional and well-organized, and so much fun! I look forward to learning from her again soon."
- Dallas Curow
"The thing that felt best about your Workshops is there was no pressure for perfection and the basis is just get creative. You let people have their own ambition and never limited what could or couldn't be done. It felt more authentic, like true creativity. New skills are scary! It's an insecure feeling when you don't have a clue what to do. My a-ha moment was that I felt encouraged and secure in learning with you."
- Angela Kelly
"I feel like I learned a lot in a short period of time without realizing I was "learning" because I was having fun. Thank you."
- Nicole Shafenacker
"This was a really great workshop for me personally, I've felt a little roadblocked in getting back into a creative habit after neglecting my artsy side while I was in school the last few years. This workshop gave me inspiration and tools to make more art."
- Paula Cornell
Why this course?
For most of my life I found drawing very stressful. My inner critic would go crazy when I tried to draw anything - telling me that it wasn't good enough and that I should give up. For a long time I believed that I couldn't draw.
Then I decided to confront my fear of drawing and put together a yearlong project where I created weekly assignments for myself and about 50 other people. Over the course of the year I practised almost every day and I learned how to use mindfulness to get present and find joy in the process.
This course is a condensed version of everything I learned over my year of drawing and I'm excited to give you the tools you need to have fun with drawing.