Our Art of Mindfulness lesson incorporates mindfulness principles with learning effective artistic and creative techniques. This lesson can be taken by absolute beginners in practising mindfulness and art, or taken by advanced students in both art and mindfulness. Practicing mindfulness has many benefits both physical and mental, it helps you develop empathy and get to know your own self, essentially we aim to achieve full full body and mind integration with consciousness, subconsciousness and the unconscious. Our Mindfulness Art practice is conducted as an art lesson, based on secular principles, and allows you an experience of creating, painting and drawing in a reflecting state, still your thoughts and judgments, become aware of your mind and not run away with your thoughts, instead bring back your attention to the “now” and enjoy the process of creating an artwork, this is a meditative state (a state of inner peace with mind, body and soul). Note we do not chant or pray in this lesson, this lesson has absolutely no religious affiliations – it is a mindfulness art lesson designed to teach you how to enter a grounded state of “awareness” or “inner calm” – a state of mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present; an awareness of the reality of things. It’s considered an antidote to delusion; a clear and relaxed awareness of what is actually going on around us. It involves being fully present in the moment instead of distracted by thoughts of the past or the future.
In this mindfulness art lesson, we paint, draw and colour using a multitude of artistic mediums such as gouache paints, watercolours, pastels, acrylics, coloured inks and pencils and even colour markers – it is suitable for beginners, and absolutely requires no artists skills whatsoever. The lessons usually lasts one to two hours and are either one on one private sessions or conducted in a small group setting.
Practicing Mindfulness Art also helps you develop certain attitudes:
- Non-judging – Becoming an impartial witness to your own experience and suspending judgment.
- Patience – Being completely open to each moment, accepting its fullness, knowing that things will emerge in their own time.
- Beginner’s Mind / Fresh Eyes – Cultivating a mind that is willing to view everything ‘as if’ for the very first time. Being open to new possibilities…
- Trust – No Imitations, Living Your Own Life, and Honouring Your Own Feelings, Intuitions, Wisdom – taking responsibility for ourselves and our own wellbeing.
- Non-striving – focus on carefully seeing and accepting things as they are, moment by moment.
- Acceptance – is a willingness to see things for how they really are. You’re much more likely to know what to do and be able to follow your gut instinct when you have a clear picture of what is actually happening.
- Letting go – Not Clinging onto ‘people or stuff’. We already know how to let go… every night when we go to sleep… we let go.
Read this helpful article “23 Amazing Health Benefits of Mindfulness for Body and Brain” by Courtney E. Ackerman, MSc
The lesson is perfect for anyone who would like to learn the principles of using visual art for mindfulness and mindful living. We provide private lessons and also take group bookings. The group mindfulness workshops are a perfect activity for team building, carer stress reduction or just a fun group activity. Please email us for more information, or to book your group.
To book your private one hour mindfulness art lesson in our Box Hill North art studio, simply visit our booking page.