Drawn to Dance – Landmarks during Art Walk Porty 2019, Sat 7th Sept 10am – 2pm (Save the date)

Starting with a walk on Portobello beach, to collect natural landmarks, we will explore ways to use these as a starting point to create individual and collective dance-drawings, working in Bellfield Community Centre with dance, charcoal and chalks. We will explore ways the inner and outer landscape of the body meets the landscape of the natural world and how marks “land” when we draw in an embodied way. Open to all. No previous drawing or dance experience required. Conscious dance has no steps. Through the dance we connect to an inner space of mystery and creativity. We will explore a process-based approach to drawing that is equally accessible to those with or without previous drawing experience.

 “It’s inspiring, exciting and fun, a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Totally non-judgemental about anyone’s individual “artistic talent” and fully focused on accessing, sharing and playing with the creativity in all of us. The teachers are experienced and professional and hold the group expertly.”    Beth

“It has a much broader impact than just your dancing or drawing – in many ways it’s one big metaphor for the creative process, or even for life itself.”    Nick

We will be running this workshop as part of Art Walk Porty www.artwalkporty.co.uk which runs from 7-15 Sept in Portobello. Special thanks Art Walk Porty for subsidising the cost of the workshop.

 Venue: Bellfield Community Centre, Bellfield Road, Portobello,   Edinburgh, EH15 2BP

Cost: £35 Refreshments & Art Materials Included.

Date: Sat 7 September 2019

Time: Sat: 10.00 – 2:00pm. Numbers Limited. Early booking advised

On-line booking will open when Art Walk Porty’s programme is announced in early June. Please save the date meanwhile.

Sarena Wolfaardhas been facilitating conscious dance for 15 years. She is a Publisher and an advanced student of Process Work. www.movetobestill.com

Jenny Smith is a professional artist, with over 30 years experience of teaching and exhibiting in a wide variety of contexts. www.jennysmith.org.uk

Drawn to dance is one of a family of “drawn to” workshops that artist Jenny Smith teaches, inspired by the things she is drawn to, other than her art practice. For further details of other workshops she runs in Edinburgh click here

Community Teaching and Collaboration

Jenny has over thirty years experience of teaching and community collaboration, working with groups of all ages and ability within the community and lecturing at Colleges and Universities. She was a part-time Lecturer at Leith School of Art for many years teaching drawing, mixed media painting and printmaking and has been a Visiting Lecturer at a number of Scottish Colleges, including Heriot Watt University and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Jenny regularly gives talks and leads workshops related to exhibitions of  her own work and that of other artists. She worked free-lance for The National Galleries of Scotland when they set up their Education Department and also for the Travelling Gallery’s  Education programme. In recent years Jenny has focused on developing innovative and experiential CPD training for artists and teachers and collaborating with practitioners in other fields. This is a small sample of images from some of these workshops. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to chat through a creative idea you have for your group, school, college, community or  organisation. Or if you are looking for something different for a party, team building event or special occasion. Ideas can always be developed and adapted to suit your budget. Please click here for a copy of Jenny’s C.V. Click here to email Jenny or telephone 0771 3901 730