Drawing as Meditation:  Sharpening the Eye to See

I originally developed this class as part of Art Camp for Adults.  My approach to teaching drawing is to make it accessible to those who may not have an art background, but would like to learn to draw.  You get acquainted with your pencil as a tool and the kinds of lines you can make with it.  You discover the connection between your eye and the pencil in your hand.  It really is about sharpening the eye to see, engaging with what we are observing, and how the pencil can articulate something of its essence.         -- Elizabeth Buckley

sketch of Elizabeth amid notes by Marie Dixon from "Drawing as Meditation:  Sharpening the Eye to See"  Ghost Ranch class     

sketch of Elizabeth amid notes by Marie Dixon from "Drawing as Meditation:  Sharpening the Eye to See"  Ghost Ranch class     

Drawing is a practice in observation and focus; a way of fine-tuning the eye to see.  Come learn the language of line, shadow, shape, form, and texture.  From the horizon line to a blade of grass, we will explore different approaches to drawing and how the pencil can articulate what we observe.  Come experience how drawing can become a way of putting thoughts on paper.

This is a safe and supportive environment for those with no previous art experience.   We will start with the very basics, with each session building on the previous one.  There is no such thing as an awful line! Those who think they cannot draw will discover they can.


What Students Say....  

All photos of student work used with their permission.  

Every day in the “Drawing as Meditation” class with Elizabeth Buckley was a surprise. She kept a very meditative approach and respected the skill level of all of the students.  I was captured by her easy style that went from simple drawings of moods to dancing and drawing the movement.  I recommend Elizabeth and this class to anyone who feels intimidated by making art and is willing to let themselves just go.

--Marie Dixon, 2013 Ghost Ranch class

Mary Ellen Lagendre watercolor sketch from 2013 Ghost Ranch class                                                            

Mary Ellen Lagendre watercolor sketch from 2013 Ghost Ranch class                                                            

"I had a wonderful time in Elizabeth Buckley’s drawing class!  I was able to explore any number of mediums and found to my surprise that I like using color better than the charcoal or graphite.  The atmosphere of the class, the music, the conversation, and the encouragement Elizabeth nurtured in the class allowed all of us to explore with ease.  I'll be back."  

--Joanne Pipersky, July 2013 Ghost Ranch class
 

"Taking a class from Elizabeth is a lovely experience which provides people an opportunity to explore new methods of creating or illustrating their perceptions of nature or other images that may be floating around in their minds. It was surprising how within less than a week, each person discovered their own style of drawing a feather, shell, leaf, bone or even a landscape.  Elizabeth found a way to touch the artist in each of us, even if we did not know it existed."

--Jan Boydstun,  July 2014 Ghost Ranch class

Laura Nelson sketch with white pencil on black from 2013 Ghost Ranch class                                                  

Laura Nelson sketch with white pencil on black from 2013 Ghost Ranch class                                                  

From the Ghost Ranch participant survey:

---"Excellent for both beginners and accomplished artists. Very good teaching style.  Elizabeth brought lots of good information and materials."

Kathy Neece collage and sketch with white pencil from 2013 Ghost Ranch class                                                       

Kathy Neece collage and sketch with white pencil from 2013 Ghost Ranch class                                                       

---"Outstanding instructor.  She worked with each individual to develop abilities.  She varied exercises to allow for personal growth and developed a cohesive group out of a group with varying abilities.  Elizabeth was well prepared, had ample supplies and asked participants to bring only what was needed."

 

--"I had so much fun drawing with the eraser!  It freed me from obsessing over getting it right."

 

--"Elizabeth Buckley is a gifted teacher, able to encourage creativity and confidence in new students who fear they "aren't artists," as well as to develop and refine technique for more accomplished students.  She also has a talent for finding words to explain concepts that are not easily verbalized.  I highly recommend her for artists at any level."   ---Hilary

 

Marie Dixon sketch from 2013 Ghost Ranch class  

Marie Dixon sketch from 2013 Ghost Ranch class

 

Jodi Wert colored pencil and watercolor from 2013 Ghost Ranch class                                      

Jodi Wert colored pencil and watercolor from 2013 Ghost Ranch class