How to host the process
This is a rough guide to get you started. Modify it as you like!
Some key elements for the host are:
Key elements for people drawing to remember:
Notice any judgements that arise... "This is crap", "I'm a bad drawer"... see if you can let go of them, bring kindness to yourself. This isn't school. We're not going to grade your art. We'll not judge the art, or you. We just want to enjoy the process of you making unique marks on paper, like nobody else can!
Letting go of judgement, let's pick up curiosity. What am I noticing? What does it feel like to mark blank paper with this pen? What does this other person really look like? When I draw am I using my wrist, or my whole arm? What happens if I make bolder lines? How can I do something interesting with this "mistake"? Am I still breathing? Am I feeling fear? Joy?
Yep, this is pretty much mindful drawing...
Ok , let's do this!
This is a loose template - make it your own!
Approach two or more people
While they are looking at each other, read them a little poem:
Let it go, Let it out, Let it all unravel Let it free, And it will be, A path on which to travel
(or read another poem of your choice)
They draw. Hold a space of focus and humour. Maybe laugh with genuine joy at their drawings as they go. Encourage them. Exact timing isn't important.
Let them see and enjoy each other's drawings.
Put their drawings next to each other, to see the uniqueness. Ask people to notice if there are judgements arising for them. Challenge them to let go of those judgements, and find curiosity and enjoyment in each drawing, including theirs.
Invite them to the exhibition, tell them they can keep up with the project and exhibition at drawnin.nz
You can take their emails if they want to be invited to the exhibition.