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The Calligraphic Line: Joining Brush, Mind, and Hand – Barbara Bash
July 17 - July 21| $750
Tuition: $750 ($700 members)
Lab fee: $25
Class limit: 6
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Calligraphy is the most direct form of artistic expression. It calls forth the freshness of each moment. In this workshop, we will explore the world of making a mark – vital, essential, revealing.
The practice of touching brush and ink to paper brings one into alignment, joining mind, and body, so that complete expression can occur. Slowing down, getting grounded, we will begin with the ancient Chinese straight line practice. This will lead to studying and copying pictographic forms. Then, we’ll move on to larger brushes, bigger paper, and buckets of ink; we will create strokes based on the principles of heaven, earth, and human, taking a natural leap into the improvisational mind.
There will also be time to make a book with our brushstrokes and explore our personal handwriting, legible and illegible, with its contemplative insights and natural beauty. Bringing what is inside out, onto the page, opens creative pathways and nourishes the present moment.
This workshop will benefit anyone intrigued by mark making possibilities. An interest in visual language grounded in the body is the only prerequisite.
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There is something about the contemplative focus that calligraphy demands that offers an extraordinary lesson for today’s anxious, busy, and whacky world. And Barbara is the perfect person to guide this study.
Barbara Bash is a book artist who has worked deeply with the practices of calligraphy, writing, drawing, and big brush performance painting. She has written and illustrated a number of books for children and adults, most recently True Nature : An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude. Her study of Dharma Art with Chogyam Trungpa and Chinese pictograms with Ed Young has brought an Eastern sensibility into her work. She teaches Creative Process in many settings, using brush calligraphy to demonstrate timeless principles of right action.