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Folk School for Development of Consciousness, Denmark
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10 December 2010

The Danish Folk School for Development of Consciousness, Rǿrvig Folkehǿjskole, offers a variety of long residential courses. The course in art, creativity, and consciousness covers traditional principles of art, such as form, color, and proportion—taught in the context of Consciousness-Based Education, which promotes the blossoming of inner creativity. Courses begin 16 January 2011.

The course outline gives a full description of the course:

Development of consciousness means development of the inner wisdom of life—wisdom which is the essence of our own deepest Self. The basic concept of this course is that we have all we need inside in order to be fully creative and inspired human beings.

We work with the principles of art through easy drawing and painting exercises, while at the same time relating the principles to ourself and to our own life.

In this way the creation of art becomes relevant in a completely unique way. It is as if the inner artist and power of creativity are playfully unfolded, and one experiences that everything is possible.

In addition to painting we cover such areas as clay modelling and sculpture, and we will have guest teachers and visiting artists to inspire us.*

The purpose of this course is:

To give a deeper experience of the inner creative processes and enhance our own creativity.

To increase the ability to see new possibilities in a picture and to experiment with new materials and techniques.

To give tools to break a possible blockage or uninspired state and find ways into the always lively, but at times hidden, deep creative power.

To learn to let go, and thereby gain access to even greater creative powers.

To release the pressure of inner self-censureship. 


Painting and drawing course

The course begins with a grounding in basic drawing technique, but there is no requirement for a course participant to have a particular talent for drawing. With regular daily practice and consistent individual teaching, it is almost impossible not to learn to draw adequately.

From the start of the course there will be an emphasis on maintaining a balance between free expression and the development of a sound artistic technique. During the first month the students will draw from still life arrangements, or from the clothed human form.

A variety of media will be explored: pencil, charcoal, inks, and chalks on various papers. There will also be the possibility of developing a feeling for form through modelling in clay. Throughout the course the psychological or spiritual aspects of image making will be considered, as well as the purely aesthetic ones.

During the second month of the course oil painting will be introduced and students will be encouraged to develop what they have learned in the drawing classes into the realm of colour.
By this point individual styles and preferences will have become apparent, and course participants will begin to work creatively on artworks which express their own ways of seeing.

It is not expected that the paintings and sculptures produced from here onwards will be done exclusively in a realist style; with a class of creative individuals it is likely that there will be many imaginative approaches to making art, and individual diversity will be encouraged. At this point the confidence and skills acquired during the first four weeks will begin to prove their worth.

During the third and fourth months students will paint independently if they wish to do so. The course instructor will be available at all times to give guidance and advice.
There will be drawing and painting demonstrations given by the instructor throughout the course.

It is proposed that at the end of the four month period there will be an exhibition of the students' paintings, drawings, and sculptures at a suitable public venue. 

Everyone is welcome to participate, even without prior experience.

* Course leader:

Paul Raine is a professional artist from Scotland, who has practised the Transcendental Meditation Programme for thirty years. His experience of teaching includes three years ad hoc lecturing in Painting and Drawing at Aberdeen College and at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen. Visit the website for more information.

© Copyright 2010 Rǿrvig Folkehǿjskole

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