Capilano Universe: Making a Mark! Drawing as a Form of Thinking for Non-Artists

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Campus: Off Campus
Location: West Vancouver Memorial Library, 1950 Marine Drive
Contact: Danielle Labossiere
Website: Capilano Universe

What causes most people to stop drawing after childhood? Visualizing your world and identity can include doodling, but it can also refer to drawing and recording events, memories and ideas. This is a valuable activity that is not just for artists. In general terms, drawing is markmaking, an ancient human activity. The skills acquired by regular visualization through mark-making include: enhanced observational capacity; extension of memory and understanding; a sharpened sense of curiosity, awe and wonder; improved hand-eye coordination; enriched self-awareness; a sense of slowing down and calming down; and the cultivation of problem-solving strategies. These benefits are not contingent on being good at drawing and obtaining a visually pleasing result; they derive from the unfolding process itself. This presentation will include two exercises that audience members can participate in (with necessary materials provided).

These FREE presentations are co-sponsored by Capilano University in partnership with North Vancouver District Public Library, North Vancouver City Library, West Vancouver Memorial Library, Burnaby Public Library, and Gibsons & District Public Library. 

This event is free, but space is limited. Early arrival is highly recommended.


Sandra Seekins 250

Sandra Seekins has been teaching Art History at Capilano University since 2001. She did her graduate work at the University of British Columbia and the University of Michigan. Her topic areas include art’s roles in activism, trauma, political upheaval and technological innovation. While she loves to draw, she does not consider herself an artist, but rather values the benefits that spring from the process of mark-making. In her free time Seekins likes to go on road trips and walk her two rescued greyhounds.