Dance, Draw, Chill


Connect to nature through dance, movement, stillness and mark-making

In this lovely workshop we will guide you through a series of meditational movements and art processes to help you to still your mind, comfort yourself and reconnect to the stability of the earth.  A professional dancer, Luke, will guide you through a series of movements or relaxation in response to a variety of different beautiful, soothing music.  You will then have the opportunity to watch dance and movement by Luke and be guided by Lorna to relax, draw and paint in direct response to this.  This will be followed by making a range of drawing and painting instruments from natural raw materials eg twigs, grasses, leaves and to experiment with different exciting mark-making procedures.  Your newly learnt techniques will then be applied to responding to Luke dancing, using your body to draw and paint with these instruments.  This is a unique and unforgettable workshop which will leave you inspired for some time after it ends.

Session: Sat 27 August 10am-4pm

Tickets: £85

What do participants need?

Your own drawing and painting materials and clothing that you can move in easily and that you don’t mind making a mess in. A more detailed list of materials needed will be given before the course starts. A small selection of supplies are available at the art centre should you need to borrow them. Please bring a packed lunch. 

Tutors: Lorna McNeill                                                 

Lorna Carmen McNeill 

Lorna is a multi-disciplinary artist and qualified teacher.  She has been involved in creative facilitation for some time.  Her artwork is immersive, sensory and experiential. She has exhibited widely and received several Arts Council and other Awards to develop her own artwork and for community development.  Lorna originally trained and practised as a Clinical Nutritionist and Health Behaviour Change trainer within the NHS, community, research and the private sector. She worked extensively with psychologists, training health professionals in core counselling skills, cognitive, behavioural and motivational strategies for achieving lifestyle change.  She has run innovative courses on art and well-being in the NHS, Further education, Art Colleges, Universities, Schools and the Corporate world.

Lorna recently founded Arts Medicine Lab as a platform for experimental collaborations and taught workshops across multiple art forms (including visual art, sound, voice, music, movement, dance, words).  It fosters a dialogue between different art practices to cultivate improved health. Arts Medicine Lab works to achieve immersive experiences to facilitate deeper connection and expression.

Luke Brown

Luke Brown has been an independent contemporary dance artist since 2012, creating Luke Brown Dance in 2014. After graduating from London Studio Centre Luke has performed with Frantic Assembly, English National Opera, Ben Wright, Junk Ensemble, ZoieLogic, Glass House Dance and Lila Dance to name a few. As a choreographer Luke’s been commissioned to create work for Candoco Dance Co, The Place, Laban and Dance East CAT Schemes, MA post graduate company MAP Dance, Intoto Dance and the BalletBoyz. He has created work for mature 50+ people as part of Dorset based Grace & Growl, Norwich based Cadenza Dance Company, The Place’s over 60’s dance group and Holy Trinity Sloane Squares Earthworks Company. Working with established companies and practitioners has enabled him to develop his practice and skills as a collaborative and empathetic creative. Luke has the experience of managing 5 successful ACE apps, the delivery of LBD LIVE|ONLINE|AT HOME digital dance strand response to covid & established education strand to the company.

Luke Brown Dance work collaboratively, evidencing working with a multitude of different groups including elders, dancers with disabilities, young people with mental health needs, vulnerable young adults, all male groups, professional dance artists, actors, musicians, fine artists and puppeteers. “For You I Long the Longest” toured the UK in 2018, and was selected in 2019 to be featured as part of Frantic Assembly’s 25th Anniversary celebration at the National Theatre River Stage. Luke has a keen interest in developing the next generation of artists. Luke set up ORB Youth Dance Co in 2017 in partnership with The Point in Eastleigh to offer contemporary dance training and performance opportunities for aspiring young artists across Hampshire. Developing work for young audiences is of particular interest to him as the gateway to inspire and educate young people of the opportunities in the creative arts. 

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Dates and times

  1. Sat 27 Aug 2022