Where: American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT),
39 W. 14th st. Suite 507 (elevator)
(close subway: F, 1/2/3/4/5/6/N/R, M-14bus)
Bone-Art & Introduction to Alexander Technique
A Workshop with Cate McNider
6 Saturdays Spring 2017 (attend all or single classes)
March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22
2:30 - 4:30pm
Student's drawing of the ribs and sternum, by permission of the artist, Ashley Taylor.
About the workshop: It is about seeing, by drawing the bones ie: femur, clavicle, foot, pelvis etc., you connect what you see and translate that into drawing and thereby embodying the bone and it's relationship with the whole of you. In the act of looking, what do you see and how can you draw it, staying with yourself, using the Alexander Technique principles of Awareness, Inhibition and Direction.
I will be putting hands-on to support each person while drawing to interrupt the neck straining habits. I will start with a 'lie down' to set up your perception and awareness, information and location of the bone, drawing it while receiving hands-on direction to head/neck/back, then closing with some movement to integrate with ambient music.
It is meant to give you an experiential means to deeply embody your own bones and your seeing, whether you have had an Alexander Technique experience or not or are interested in anatomy, art or mindfulness for your personal process. If you have tension in your body and stress, this can bring relief and a skill to take away.
I am combining my experiential, anatomy, art and Alexander Technique practices together to create a unique communal afternoon! I hope you'll join us in the spirit of playfulness and an openness to learning new things about yourself!
All drawing supplies are provided. Please contact me if you would like me to bring this workshop to your organization!
Cate holding the spine, demonstrating the atlo-occipital joint where the head is poised, during the third workshop, drawing and embodying the spine and pelvis. (photo: Faisal Al-Matrouk)
Student's drawing of the pelvis and lumbar spine and 1st and 2nd cervical, by permission of the artist, Elizabeth Haak.
Testimonial from participant in Bone-Art workshop: "I signed up for Cate's six workshops even though I have no skills in drawing. It was very gratifying to be able to draw the bones; much easier than I expected. The workshop combined various activities that kept me engaged with Cate's seamless transition between the activities. Cate's hands-on work came in perfect timing throughout the session. Because of the work, I felt more connected to my femurs, knowing exactly where they were - a new kinesthetic experience!" - M. Al-Kazemi
Participants of the first workshop drawing the femur bone...the others were camera shy.
Cate McNider - Alexander Technique Teacher
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Where Thinking Creates Moving Change
The Listening Body®since 1991
Student's drawing, by permission of the artist, Faisal
Al-Matrouk: can you find the scapula in the elephant?
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Student's drawing of the ribs, scapula and cervical
spine, by permission of the artist, Faisal Al-Matrouk.
You must register, or if you don't have paypal, pop me an email saying which day you want to come and pay cash at the door.
Purchase Single Saturday Session
An artist is born: The workshop was nicely put together: the presentation of material, ‘lie down’, the drawing and movement. I enjoy each segment by itself, but at the end when I leave I feel all nice and energized and happy! This course ignited my passion for drawing and it makes me feel a part of myself. And if it wasn’t for you giving this course, I wouldn’t have come to this conclusion. Really thank you very much. ~Faisal Al-Matrouk