4-day Residential Drawing and Movement Studio: Exploring the sense of touch through drawing 22.4.16 - 25.4.16
"The hands want to see, the eyes want to caress" Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
To celebrate and honor Juhani Pallasmaa, the author of "The eyes of the skin" and his current 2016 Droga Residency, this 8th annual Riversdale Time for Drawing studio will focus on the sense of touch in reference to his Australian lecture series: Touching the world through Architecture.
BECOME AN EXPLORER: : Touching the world through drawing.
Let's continue our explorations into awakening sensory awareness over 4 days of drawing moving and living at 'Riversdale', the world renown architectural masterpiece of Glenn Murcutt and its magnificent river valley setting. Early morning movement sessions will relax our bodies, engage our senses and develop what philosopher Merleau-Ponty calls embodied perceptions. Daily guided drawing practice will introduce different techniques and themes to support participant's learning at multiple levels of experience: physical, intellectual, imaginative and intuitive. Using pen and ink we will explore how this process changes the way we see and becomes visible in our drawings. Touch is "the mother of the senses", and the foundation of experiencing architecture. Skin is the oldest and most sensitive of our organs, our first medium of communication and all our senses are extensions of the sense of touch. Sun, shadows, sounds, wind touching landscape touching buildings touching us. Drawing as touching, rubbing, scratching, marking, walking, mapping, with time for pausing, group reflection, silence and deep rest. Come and see what is possible when we stop believing in limitations and enter drawing as a playful field of possibility and revelation. Become an explorer
Both beginners and experienced drawers are welcome.This workshop will attract 5 formal CPD points for architects
more info here: http://timefordrawing.rena.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Riversdale-Time-for-Drawing-2016-6.pdf
Teachers: Rena Czaplinska-Archer, PhD and Victoria Hunt
RENA is an architect, artist, somatic practitioner, former Sydney University Architecture Faculty Lecturer in Design and Drawing for over 20 years, student of Anna Halprin and a founder of Time for Drawing workshops. Her process helps the participants to shift from their habitual ways of moving, seeing and thinking and releases their natural impulse to draw. Website: www.timefordrawing.rena.net.au or go to www.facebook.com/timefordrawing
VICTORIA is an independent dancer, choreographer, performer and a founding member of the BODYWEATHER dance company De Quincy Co. and has performed in over 40 works with the company since 1999. She works teaches and performs locally and internationally. Website: www.bodyweather.net and www.victoriahuntperformance.wordpress.com
Special requirements: Delicious organic meals are provided including gluten free and dairy free for those with special needs.
Retreat Fee: Accommodation in the world class twin rooms/sleeping pods where we learn about architecture through osmosis while we sleep. Single rooms available on request (Extra $50. Reservation for the single room must be sent via email.). Linen and towels provided. Early bird pricing is only until March 1st
What Her Students Have to Say About Rena
"With the challenges we face in the creative sector, as part of re-designing the way our cities and environments are built, it is exactly these sensory based explorations, that will open new ways of working for us. Rena's contagious enthusiasm for this quest is a force for good."Caroline Robinson, artist
"Rena is uncompromising in her effort to get us to let go of our preconceived notions about drawing and this resulted in some beautifully free and fluid work" Paul Selwood, sculptor
"It was so marvellous to have a complete change of pace last weekend and be using my senses and hand rather than brain... just what i needed ." Jenny Wilson, writer
- Using pen and ink we will explore how this changes the way we see and becomes visible in our drawings.
- You will learn how sense of touch enhances your seeing listening skills
- Daily awareness through moment exercises will help us to relax, re-energize your body, awaken our senses and inspire your creative impulses
- Spend four days drawing, moving and resting at Riversdale to awaken the cellular consciousness of your body while immersed in the architectural masterpiece of Glenn Murcutt.
- Accommodation in the world class twin rooms/sleeping pods where we learn about architecture through osmosis while we sleep. Single rooms available on request (extra $50). Linen and towels provided.
- Delicious organic meals are provided including gluten free and dairy free for those with special needs.
- Daily guided drawing practice exploring new techniques
- Daily movement and sensory awareness practice guided by Victoria, leading dancer in the BODYWEATHER dance company De Quincy Co.
- Paper and drawing materials: A2 sketchbook 110 - 150 GSM + A3/A4 sketchbook for your own notes, charcoal, graphite, ink, apron
from 16 - upper age not defined
Vendor since 2015
Rena Czaplinska is fascinated by the question of seeing and perceptions and inspired by her lifelong research in somatic movement with Anna Halprin and the writing of Juhanii Pallasmaa.
She is a practicing architect and a passionate art educator who has taught design and drawing for over 20 years at the Architecture Faculty of Sydney University and developed a popular Time for Drawing program which helps the participants to shift from their habitual ways of moving, seeing and thinking and releases their natural impulse to draw.
Rena offers Time for Drawing workshops in Australia and internationally.