Creativity Lab (West): Drawing From Square One with Anne Saitzyk

Drawing From Square One with Anne Saitzyk

All are welcome. Please note the location. Suggested donation is $15 – 20.

Square One is the starting place for any genuine expression.  Its qualities are inquisitiveness, freshness and often, bewilderment. And it’s a place where we touch into our original voice. This workshop has more to do with the joy of making marks from this place of connection, than with creating a finished product.

We will work with structured and unstructured approaches to drawing in an attempt to drop our preconceptions and connect with the activity so that it becomes meditation-in-action.  This lab is appropriate for all levels.  Especially beginners or those who wish to reconnect with authentic expression.  Materials will be provided, though you’re welcome to bring your own. Dry media for this one (no paint).

Anne Anderson Saitzyk received her MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University and her BFA in illustration from Art Center College of Design. She has served as co-coordinator of Westside Shambhala and is currently Director of Contemplative Arts at Shambhala Meditation Center of Los Angeles. Anne met the Shambhala Buddhist dharma through the Dharma Art program in 1997 and has since become a student of Sakyong Mipham and a Shambhala Art teacher and administrator. In her professional life, she teaches painting and drawing at Art Center College of Design and occasionally in other locations in the world

Contemplative Creativity Lab alternates between Westside Shambhala and Eagle Rock Shambhala Centers. (May was Eastside, June is Westside, July is Eastside, etc.) There will also be occasional Labs at the Orange County Shambhala Center. Please see our webpage:

What is Contemplative Creativity Lab? We are a group of meditation and art practitioners and teachers who lead explorations of the Dharma Art teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Every month is different and have included ink and brush, movement, photography and poetry. What links these is the ground of meditation which allows for fresh perception to be in the forefront, rather than trying to make “art”. So, we give meditation instruction and sit for a short time before we move into a meditation-in-activity. Creating from that place of open mind/heart we call “Square One”. Please check it out!

You can see the teacher biographies here Suggested Reading: True Perception by Chögyam Trungpa.

Suggested donation is $15 – 20. Doors open at 10:30 am for tea and mingling unless otherwise noted. We often go out for a bite afterwards.

We occasionally offer special All Day Creativity Labs.