Relaxation Techniques for Inspired art.
Posted on June 21st, 2013

I found the following technique in camp surprisingly useful and wanted to share it with you.

Mona Brookes' Drawing with Children, suggest having the kids relax before drawing. While I was sceptical of this, it produced great results. I have listed the steps below in case you are interested in putting it into practice. 
  • Sit with uncrossed legs, elbows need to be able to rest on table (booster).
  • Straighten spine and relax back and shoulders.
  • Relax face, especially the jaw, by rotating it from side to side and up and down.
  • Deep breath and let shoulders drop as you exhale.  Don’t slouch. Repeat 2 or 3x.
  • Relax throat and chest by taking deep, silent breaths, in through nose out through mouth.
  • Make sure you are completely relaxed.
  • Rub hands together until they are warm.
  • Close eyes. Cup the palms of your hands and place over eyes without pressing on your eyeballs.
  • Think of the area behind your eyeballs. Imagine a black dot on the backside of each one. Relax those dots. Take a few silent breaths and relax them again.

Adapted from Drawing with Children, by Mona Brookes.

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