Dr. Angela Brew is an artist, drawing teacher, and researcher based in London, who runs the Brew International Drawing School. Dr. Brew developed a new system for teaching observational drawing, focusing on eye and hand coordination and connection, and the fine-tuning of perception. Her Drawing Growth workshops and retreats introduce this intuitive technique, opening doors to the joys and meditative qualities of observational drawing.
The Amber Tree is a memorial to those we have lost. It is a never-ending drawing created collaboratively over several years with communities around the world. People are invited to draw a representation of loved ones lost, as an animal or magical spirit in the tree branches or roots. Brew will install The Amber Tree in the Living Room-NYC, and invite people to ‘grow’ the tree, to hold memories of lost and loved ones.
Stemming from The Amber Tree, which became inhabited by birds as memorials to folks we have lost, Brew has embarked on a project to draw every species of bird in the world. Brew uses drawing to tune in and listen to birds, to their alarm calls, and songs, and quieter humming and chat. During the residency at Living Room-NYC, Brew will draw migrant birds in Central Park daily. These drawings will fly, rest, and roost in and around The Amber Tree.
Draw with Angie! Book a time to draw trees and birds with Angie! She will share with you her embodied Drawing Growth method.
By appointment only: email@example.com
Dr. Brew studied for her PhD in drawing and cognition at CCW (Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon) Graduate School, UAL. She now runs the Brew International Drawing School, is co-founder of Thinking through Drawing, and is a member of The Centre for Drawing, UAL.
Brew recently helped to organize We All Draw, the Thinking Through Drawing 2015 Symposium, at the Bargehouse, Southbank, London, and is now launching Sky Lark Arts, a new community arts project, to include Creative Aging UK.
After studying sculpture and drawing at Edinburgh College of Art she created and ran Skylark Galleries on the Southbank http://www.skylarkgalleries.com/ and worked as an artist and drawing teacher. In 2006 she completed her Master of Drawing with Distinction at Camberwell College of Art, with an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) scholarship, and in 2007 began her doctoral research, in the Drawing and Cognition Project, on the impact of drawing practice on perception, also funded by the AHRC. Her research interest is in cognitive, perceptual, and motor processes involved in drawing, particularly temporal aspects of observational drawing and the orchestration of eye and hand. She studied rhythm of eye and hand movements and sensorimotor communication between the eye and hand. Her thesis ‘The Seeing Hand’ argues that the hand and the eye forge a strong connection through practice, with the hand increasingly sharing a perceptual role with the eye, leading to a fine tuning of perception. Her interdisciplinary research methodology combines quantitative eye tracking techniques, video observation and reflective practice. The Brew Drawing School runs drawing courses ranging from retreats for small groups to accredited teacher education and professional development workshops.
Andrea Kantrowitz will lead participants in some drawing exercies from her new book Drawing Thought.
Andrea Kantrowitz EdD., is an artist, researcher, educator who has lectured and given workshops internationally on art and cognition. She holds a B.A in Art and Cognition from Harvard University and a MFA in Painting from Yale, and teaches at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She has taught drawing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and graduate courses in contemporary art at the College of New Rochelle. She has also been a teaching artist in the New York City for many years, involved in multiple local and national research projects. In 2014 she completed an interdisciplinary doctorate at Teachers College which examined the cognitive interactions underlying contemporary artists’ drawing practices. Her blog is Zyphoid.com and her own art work is represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art.
Andrea at Academia.edu
Angie Brew and Emily Sheehan will lead an exploration of how drawing embodies processes of growth, life, and death. Participants will draw trees and birds, using drawing as a perceptual tool, a way to observe and fine tune perception and awareness.
Angie Brew is an artist, researcher and drawing teacher. She holds a Drawing MA with distinction from Camberwell College of Art, UAL, London. For her doctorate she worked in the Drawing & Cognition Project, Camberwell, researching enactive observational drawing methods and pedagogy. This resulted in a new cognitively-informed approach called ‘Drawing Growth’, synchronising eye and hand. Her art practice explores drawing for well-being and healing, and close observational drawing of growth processes. She is artist in residence in a community greenhouse in Brixton, London, where she leads a collaborative Drawing Growth project and a weekly drawing club. She runs an interdisciplinary research project called Drawlearn, exploring how drawing enables and enhances learning ‘across the board’. During Covid lockdown she ran online sessions called Tree Meds – calming drawing meditations, and, with artists Angela Hodgson-Teall and Jen Wright, launched MinDraw, a one minute a day drawing project.
Emily Sheehan is a visual artist and drawing teacher. She received her MFA in Visual Studies, with a specialization in Drawing and Sculpture, from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in 2008. Since 2014, Emily has held the position of Assistant Professor of Fine Art and Drawing Area Head at Indiana University Southeast. As an educator, Emily is interested in creating creative curriculum that combines traditional academic drawing techniques with immediate, experimental, and unexpected drawing materials and methods. She develops and teaches curriculum to help fine arts students explore drawing as a tool for invention, conceptualization, and self-directed ideation, description, discussion, and problem solving. Emily’s artistic practice/research utilizes perceptual drawing (drawing from observation in a multi-sensory way) to explore the way that marks left on a page become evidence of lived experience.
“For years, I have drawn imaginary flowering plant forms. In this project, at this time of great socioecological destabilization and loss, I seek to mine this drawing habit for its meaning, and to expand my scope of imagination and understanding through collective involvement. The Archive of Hypothetical Flowers will hold a lexicon of imagined botanical forms existing in relation to an inventory of human hopes for various kinds of healing. I am performing “fieldwork” in the collective botanical imagination. I hope to have many participants who will submit their drawings to this Archive after going through a guided process of imagining and drawing a flowering/ fruiting plant with healing properties.”
A full program of interactive workshops, live discussions, show and tell, get-togethers, research talks, and collaborative drawing, relating to our theme of Drawing Ground.
About Living Room – NYC
Living Room – NYC is a creative space, an artistic laboratory fostering experimentation and collaboration; connecting brilliant, independent and determined artists, performers, musicians, playwrights, filmmakers, and more, to each other and a community of art supporters.
Nestled between Chelsea, FIT, and Broadway, we have non-traditional gallery walls for
visual artists, a living room for sharing engaging ideas and discourse for creative production, and a separate work only studio space. We are on the 6th floor corner space with lots of natural light and incredible New York City views.
Our mission is to give artists an affordable space to start a project or to finish one, and an opportunity to share their work with a NYC audience.
Simply email us with your project proposal and let’s start the collaboration!
About the Director:
Perri Neri is the founder and director of Living Room NYC. She is a visual artist and curator who has opened her doors to both established and emerging artists from all genres from all over the world. Through a dynamic fusion of creativity, management, and experience, Neri invites artists to think, create, collaborate, and exhibit their art-driven projects.
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