Seeing Without Looking

Instructor:  Kayti Didriksen

Sunday, March 15

10am-5pm

 

There is no better way to see the world with clarity and specificity than by blind contour drawing.  Slow, meditative and responsive, it opens the brain to truly perceive. The ‘catch’ is that you can’t look at the paper while you draw, leading to a wonderful combination of inevitable distortions and felt accuracies.  In this full day workshop participants will:

 

- learn about what happens to the brain during the blind contour process, 

- draw from complex set-ups, the space of the room and possibly each other

- draw from live musicians thus combining response to the visual with sound

- use a variety of drawing materials singly and in combination to create variation in line

- fill a sketchbook with drawings that favor the intuitive over the analytical

 

Kayti Didriksen is a multidisciplinary artist focused on capturing movement and sound with line and color. Didriksen uses blind contour drawing, a fundamental hand eye coordination technique of learning to draw what you see to record the ephemeral traces of movement during live music and performances. In the next step of her process, she overlaps the drawings creating a matrix for larger scale work that represents space and movement with color and generates the feeling of the performance in the viewer. She also draws as a performance, engaging guests at events with quick and quirky lines while speaking about what happens to the brain during this process. Didriksen has collaborated with organizations throughout the US and abroad including Faberge’, TEDx, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, NYU, Brooklyn Museum, and the Jazz Foundation of America as well as countless bands and musicians. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, NY Times, CNN and the BBC. She served as the Artist in Residence for the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra from 2013 to 2017. In addition to her more line-driven works, Didriksen enjoys painting landscapes in plein air with a palette knife while traveling. Currently, Didriksen lives in Washington, D.C., and is the Artist in Residence for Long and Foster Capital Region.

    $150.00Price

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