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How To Draw What You See: A pen and ink sketching retreat

Teacher: Louis van Loon
Cost: 2 days’ accommodation + R. 200 surcharge
Dates: Friday 21 July 2017 - Sunday 23 July 2017

louis_van_loonYou don’t have to be or become an artist to be able to sketch what is in front of you.  Everybody can see that some things are shorter than others or to the left or right of something else.  So you simply draw it like that.  You don’t have to be - or become - an artist to do that.  All you need is one eye and two fingers.  Participants will be taken through a series of practice sessions in this type of “Seeing-Drawing” after which they will draw a variety of subjects, from still life through to landscape scenes and portraits - all in the space of a weekend. Sketching is one of the loveliest of skills anybody can acquire. You can take your pen and sketchbook anywhere and experience what it is like to be truly present in where you are.  All materials will be provided.

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Louis van Loon lectured in Buddhist philosophy at the Universities of Cape Town and Durban-Westville for 22 years.  He established the Buddhist Retreat Centre in 1980 and, along with his wife, Chrisi, directs its affairs. Both were involved in the compilation of the BRC's popular recipe books "Quiet Food", "The Cake the Buddha Ate" and "Plentiful:The Big Book Of Buddha Food". His interest lies in the psychology of meditation and in the relationship between art, science, religion and philosophy.  He is an architect and consulting civil and structural engineer in private practice in Durban. He teaches Sumie, Japanese brushwork painting, and sketching in Durban, Cape Town and Ixopo.