Next Class: Thursday, August 13th, 2020
Topic: "Practice Week: Deep Interlock and Ambiguity"
Please click here to join John F Simon Jr on Thursday evening for a series of classes exploring mindful drawing.
Q: How do I connect to the class?
Q: What materials do I need?
A: Please bring whatever paper and markers you are comfortable using.
If you are just starting, scrap paper is fine - Recycle! Any pencil and paper, markers, crayons, pens, brush and ink will work. You only need some way to make marks. As you get more experience, you will find the materials that suit you.
Q: I am not an artist or a meditator - can I attend?
A: Yes, you may attend. No experience is necessary in art or meditation. The exercises are easy and designed to grow with you.
Q: What if I miss a class, will I fall behind?
A: No. The classes are designed as individual modules - no prior class necessary. You are welcome to come to whatever classes are convenient. If you want to hear a class you missed, I plan to make the recordings available.
Q: How is the class structured?
A: The class format will be a short talk, an exercise, questions, and feedback - more structured than the Drawing Bee and focused on creative contemplative topics with room for discussion.
Q: What are the lessons about?
A: The lessons will cover ways to discover our creative sources, the value of creative work, and practices from Drawing Your Own Path. I will also introduce new materials and insights I've gathered from my art practice and teaching over the years since the book was published.
Every Tuesday @ 9pm EDT
Every Friday @ 9pm EDT
The drawing bee is just for fun. We draw and chat together over Zoom. Everyone is welcome.
The Drawing Bee is a safe space for practicing creativity
-No drawing experience necessary
-No one sees your drawing unless you show it
-Use whatever materials you like
Q: How do we draw together online?
A: We use free video chat software called Zoom which is easy to install. Everyone connects via a desktop, laptop, or mobile device, with a camera and microphone, creating a shared space for drawing.
Q: How long does a Drawing Bee last?
A: Usually we hang out for an hour but you are free to come and go at anytime. Sometimes we sit and draw mindfully for the first thirty minutes and then chat if we feel like it.
Q: Can you help me get started with the video chat software?
A: If you email - - I will answer questions or meet ahead of time to test your setup.
John F. Simon Jr.’s is a multimedia artist and Software Art pioneer whose work and installations are found in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others. In 2011, he collaborated with Icelandic singer Björk to write an app for her album, Biophilia. Simon's newest publication, Drawing Your Own Path: 33 Practices at the Crossroads of Art and Meditation will be released in November, 2016, by Parallax Press. Simon grew up in central Louisiana and currently lives and works in Sugar Loaf, New York.
As a professional artist, Simon's artworks are exhibited around the world and owned by many museums. Images of these artworks and more exhibition information can be found on his website, numeral.com.
Since 2008 Simon has posted a daily drawing online as part of his drawing meditation and creative practice. You can view today's drawing along with an archive of past posts on iclock.com