Sketch & Wander for Wellbeing

Visual Arts Workshop Nature

Sketching in nature is an active meditation, it calms an anxious mind.

This group walking workshop is guided by artist Lynn Fraser from Fantoosh Sketching, who will share sketching techniques and help you experience the small wonders in our environment.

“Sketching in nature helps me make sense of stuff, it’s a joy to share it with other people”.

You don’t have to be ‘good at art’ to enjoy this - it’s the process that matters. In this small-group workshop, you will make art while wandering, regaining a connection with the great outdoors and each other.

Both parts of the experience are important: the sketching and the wandering. Re-connecting with nature in a group and taking in the surroundings that we normally glide by while thinking about something else.

The workshop will start with some warm up mark-making exercises before embarking on a lovely river walk where you will stop off to sketch things on route - engaging with your surroundings in a different way and slowly synching with the rhythm of nature.

Lynn will lead the group and will share tips and techniques on the way. All the materials you will need will be supplied on the day and some berries or other natural materials may even be used to add colour to your work.

About the Artist

Lynn Fraser is a visual artist whose usual art practice is painting onto people’s skin ‘with therapeutic intent’ - as part of mental health and wellbeing. She has facilitated various body-art workshops including ‘The Stories Within Us’ (2019) for Out of Sight Out of Mind (OOSOOM) as part of SMHAF, and her palm-held stories were part of SMHAF’s ‘Unlocked Gallery’ (2020). She continues to study the use of body-painting as a healing medium for exploring our sense of self, our connection to others and to the world around us.

The re-ignition of her love of sketching happened during her lockdown walks:

“The combination of sketching with simple physical activity whilst amongst the full sensory experience of nature, strengthened my feeling of mental wellbeing and being part of something much bigger, and helped me find small daily joys.”

Follow Lynn on Instagram @mrsfantooshmrsfantoosh or @fantooshsketching, or Twitter @MrsFantoosh.

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If Covid-19 regulations change, Lynn has devised a version of Sketch & Wander that can be experienced online from your own home. Book another Sketch & Wander (From Your Sofa) event here.

Musselburgh, East Lothian

Meet at North House, Station Road, Musselburgh EH21 7DU

Sat 15th May
10:30AM - 12:15PM

Price: FREE

Book: https://sketch-and-wander-smhaf.eventbrite.co.uk

Age Restrictions: 16+

Accessibility: A short river walk on uneven surfaces. Not wheelchair accessible. There are no toilet facilities on the route.