There is plenty of evidence that shows the positive impact that drawing, mark-making has on lowering cortisol, calming the stress response, helping us be in the present, focused and in the flow of a creative process.
Drawing can be a really playful, effective way to provide an outlet for heightened anxiety, and chaotic feelings of unfocused worry and defeat. But for many, drawing is something done at school, and then only for people who are considered 'artists.' This workshop breaks free of those labels and cuts through to ways that drawing is a universal language, an activity that each and every person has the capacity to do. It is the act of drawing that helps our mental health, not the finished product!
This workshop is a gentle, playful, fun accessible introduction to drawing as a self-care practice, and helps to learn ways to incorporate drawing into your routine, to lower anxiety, lift your mood and provide moments of focus and grounding. Co-facilitated by Rumpus, and with illustrator and comic artist Marcelo Baez, along with information on how anxiety and stress present in our bodies, and why drawing and other creative activities make a difference.
What to Bring:
You are welcome to BYO dinner to have during the workshop
An open mind!
What to Expect:
* A safe, friendly, welcoming space
* No expectations from facilitators about your drawing experience
* A gentle, fun introduction to drawing
* Some information on anxiety, stress, depression and how this presents in our bodies, and why drawing makes a difference
* You won't be asked to show your work, and it won't be 'assessed' in ANY way.
* Anyone interested in exploring this topic is welcome. Whether you have a diagnosed mental health condition, or are looking for some more tools to maintain wellness, and everything in between, you are welcome.
You will take home some handouts, a notebook and some inspiring exercises to keep drawing!
This workshop is part of our MakeShift program: Social prescribing that brings people face to face with evidence based activities. Make new habits, to shift the old ones.
Marcelo is a Wollongong based comic artist and illustrator. Trained as a graphic designer, he would always have one eye on his first love comics and illustration!
Now he works as a freelance illustrator, creating work for children publications, comics, magazines, posters, trading cards and a plethora of other print and online imagery. His list of clients include international companies such as Marvel, Time Inc, Hardie Grant Egmont, Popular Mechanics US, GQ Australia, Microsoft, Men’s Health, Miami New Times,National Geographic, Scholastic, ESPN Magazine, Rugby League Week, FHM, Dallas Observer, Time Out Singapore, Stone Arch books, Philadelphia magazine and many more.
Currently he is working on a strange greek myth graphic novel and a post-apocalyptic movie/comics crossover
Marcelo has run many workshops on drawing, comic illustration and design with both children and adults.