Island Bound Bookstore Announces First Art Class of Season
Drawing For Joy Author Offers Mandala Drawing Workshop
The Island Bound bookstore will be taking some minutes to pause over Memorial Day weekend with a meditation and mandala drawing workshop. This creative event will be led by illustrator and author of Drawing for Joy, Stephanie Peterson Jones, on Sunday, May 27 from 3-5pm. In this workshop, Stephanie will guide you in a short (10 minute) meditation followed by mandala drawing with colored pencils. Both beginners and established artists are welcome to attend, but call Island Bound (466-8878) to reserve a space.
“I developed a thesis project,” Stephanie explained, “in which I would meditate for 15 minutes per day followed by 15 minutes of art making. My goal with the meditation practice was to find focus in the present moment and let go of my ruminating thoughts, so that I could find peace in the art making process, and non-attachment to the results. During my 15 minutes of art I usually did not sketch first but just started painting. Sometimes I did things such as painting with black ink with my non-dominant hand or not looking at my paper as I drew. I did things that further encouraged presence. After 3 months of this, I found that art making IS a meditative practice and that, with intention, they are really one in the same.”
This combined practice is something that Stephanie still does almost everyday. “I submitted a book proposal based on my findings and Drawing for Joy is the result of that.” In Drawing for Joy, she guides the reader through a years’ worth of art prompts that are intended to take only 15 minutes daily, and sequentially become more complex throughout the year. It is designed to be fun, and manageable for the beginning artist.
The workshop is $50 and includes the Drawing for Joy book.
Dates for Summer 2018 Island Bound Bookstore Art Classes
June 4 & June 18
July 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
All classes are from 5-7 p.m. at the bookstore. Teachers will include Sharon Lehman, Lisa Schaller Rob, and Claire Marshak. These classes are appropriate for any level. Reservations are required and can be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Island Bound Bookstore at 401-466-8878. The cost is $45.00 per person. Weather permitting, the classes are held on the patio in front of the bookstore. Beverages are served.
Private classes are available. Please call or e-mail for more information about booking a date.