Drawing with mindfulness with Veronique Maria

Ref: SLW09067

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About this course

Through focused breathing, relaxation and visualisation methods, loosen your drawing mindset to explore subtle, sensitive and dynamic mark-making.

Course Description

Through mindful drawing you increase your capacity to make drawings in which you 'see' your subject without your personal filters that adjust reality. On this course you will use mindfulness techniques to improve the quality of your observation skills, and the quality of your drawing experience. Through working more slowly, you will learn to use your senses more acutely in your drawing. The emphasis on this course is developing drawing process rather than producing drawing outcomes.

On the first evening there will be an introduction to the week and general orientation. Each day the tutor will guide you through meditation exercises and guided visualisation that will increase your ability to relax and to focus.

You will learn how to use the your body and breath in mark making and experiment with this in your work. You will be encouraged to evaluate your mindset around the value, purpose and importance of drawing in your own practice. You will also be encouraged to re-discover the joy and value in the process of observation in your drawing experience.

Drawing in this way is something everyone can do. If you are a beginner it will help you to gain confidence, if you are an experienced art practitioner you will learn different approaches to drawing and mindset choices you can make to improve your work.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The cost of providing charcoal, putty rubber, water-soluble graphite stick, A1 cartridge paper, paint brush, plus Indian ink shared amongst the group. These are materials to get started, students to work with their preferred drawing media.

What students need to bring

  • Felt pens and biros and watercolour sable brushes if you have them
  • Your preferred drawing media

Available to buy

  • Sketchbooks - one of each size A3, A4 and A5 are useful or students can choose their preference.
  • Pencils HB, 2B, 4B and 6B
  • A wide selection of drawing media

It is a fundamental part of the work that we will be doing together that there is full group participation. Each session builds on the previous one. It is therefore important that you when you book this course that you can ensure you can attend each and every session.

Student review

"I would recommend anybody come here. It's been an amazing experience to be in this environment. Being outside of London, it's so good to be in this community because it is a source of renewal in my art making process."

Grace Windey, 2019


Veronique Maria

Veronique Maria has a BA (hons) in Wood, Metals, Ceramics and Plastics from Brighton University, an MA in Psychosynthesis Psychology (Applied to Fine Art Practice) from Middlesex and is a Leadership Graduate with The Coaches Training Institute USA. She has worked as designer, artist and artists' mentor for forty years and exhibits internationally. She makes sculpture, painting and video and is passionate about the transformative power of creativity.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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