Drawing in Order to See with Andrew Pate

                                                                                                             Tree-at-Frog-Lake-pencilSunday, April 24th, 1pm-4pm

“Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly rediscover the world.”
~ Frederick Franck ~

This is not a class in how to make a “successful” drawing (whatever that is!). Beautiful drawings happen along the way to something else. That “something else” is what we’ll be reaching toward.

To draw can be a means of contemplation and exploration. I’m not trying to “make a drawing.” I’m just looking closely, letting pencil on paper record the movement of my eyes over those trees or this person’s face. As I draw I begin to see things I never noticed before. The world becomes new again. The drawing that shows up on paper is just a by-product of my getting to know those trees or that face.

In this workshop I’ll share with you what I do when I draw. But I won’t just tell you about it, I’ll lead you through it. I’ll guide you as you draw. I hope you’ll get a taste of how simple it is, really, and how satisfying. It’s all about resting your attention on this thing right in front of you.

We’ll spend most of the class time with pencil in hand. Weather permitting, we’ll sit outside and draw the things of the natural world around us. If the day is cold or rainy, we’ll bring some of those things– smaller ones!– inside. Either way, we’ll be looking closely at natural things, getting to know them better.

Three hours is hardly time to begin. I hope you’ll leave the class eager to keep drawing, with tools to help you find your own way.

Here’s what you need to bring: a sketchbook; a few pencils and pens that you like; willingness to look at one tree or one flower for half an hour; patience with yourself.

If you have questions, please contact me at andrewpate45@gmail.com.


Workshop cost – $45. Reserve your seat early, maximum class size is 10
Online registration

We would like to make classes and programs accessible to all who are interested.  In some cases, sliding scale and/or energy exchange are available to make class participation possible.  If you have such a need, please don’t hesitate to ask!   Call 360-837-88733, or email us at treesongnatureawareness@gmail.com

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About Andrew:
andrew, solstice 2011Everything is worthy of being drawn; anything can inspire a painting.

I spend as much time as I can walking and sitting and drawing in the woods near my home. Drawing is my way of getting to know the life of a place that is special to me.

Yet I always come back to drawing and painting people– faces and bodies. There is so much to say about why that is, more than I have words for. But the ancient Greeks knew something when they said, “The soul, to know itself, must gaze into a soul.” And Wendell Berry, “The task of healing is to respect oneself as a creature, no more and no less.”

I often ask myself if I can justify spending my time making pictures. There is so much work to be done in the world! But I tell myself that it is important, first, to try to see, clearly and honestly, with humility and patience. Drawing and painting, I hope, are a way for me to learn to see. It’s a beginning.

How difficult I find it to get out of my own way, simply to look and to listen, and then to respond. How difficult, sometimes, to trust my response and to follow it. But moments arise in which I do, and it is so simple, so natural. Everything is different then. Good things happen then.


…the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
~ Mary Oliver ~

One’s art goes as far and as deep as one’s love goes, and there is no reason
for painting but that.
~ Andrew Wyeth ~

Attentiveness rather than efficiency.
~ Kazuaki Tanahashi ~

The more I work, the more I see things differently, that is, everything gains in grandeur
every day, becomes more and more unknown, more and more beautiful. The closer
I come, the grander it is, the more remote it is.
~ Alberto Giacometti ~

You are also invited to watch the video, Unfinished Journey – the Art of Andrew Pate.

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