Dates: February 8, 15, 22 | March 1, 15, 22, 29 | April 5 (Fridays)
Location: 3501 Peel Street, Montreal (Boardroom)
Course Description: Doodling gets a bad rep. It’s a fine art, with proven health benefits. Not only does doodling enhance your creativity, it improves your memory, focus, concentration, and trains your brain for big-picture thinking. Throughout this course, you will hone your individual scribbling style, develop pen-wielding confidence, and practice a number of doodling exercises such as: blind-contour portraiture, abstract journaling, and developing your own shape vocabulary. We’ll also spend some time each class talking about each others doodles, and looking at famous doodlers like Alexander Pushkin. This course is ideal for anyone who would like to start doodling again (admit it, we all used to do it as kids). No formal drawing experience required, and it’s okay to come in feeling self-conscious. By the end of The Fine Art of Doodling, you’ll be proud of the scribbles in your notebook margins.
About the Instructor: Alexandra Bischoff is a Canadian performance artist and writer. She holds a BFA in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and is an MFA candidate at Concordia University in the department of Intermedia (Video, Performance, and Electronic Arts). Bischoff’s practice responds to obscure/d intimacies, often focusing through the amorphous lens of womxn’s work. Recently, she has performed and exhibited with Unit 17 (Vancouver), the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (Vancouver), the Vancouver Art Book Fair, Nuit Blanche (Edmonton), IKG Live (Calgary), and The Works International Art & Design Festival (Edmonton). Previous residencies have included N.O.P.E. at 221A and Naked State produced by Arts Unfold (Toronto), as well as writing residencies with the Burrard Arts Foundation (Vancouver) and Historic Joy Kogawa House (Vancouver). Her work is held in private and public collections in North America.
- 2-3 of your favourite pens/pencils
- Notebook paper ($15-30)
- The ability to hold a pen or pencil with your hand, foot, or mouth.