Join award-winning medical artist and facilitator Merlin Evans for a calming, creative workshop that places your wellbeing centre stage.
Mental ill health was a growing public health crisis even before the pandemic came along, putting us all under extraordinary, unprecedented levels of stress. Today, it’s more important than ever to take our mental health seriously and make time to take care of ourselves.
This gentle, supportive afternoon workshop will use illustration as a tool for wellbeing. Merlin will guide you through a series of hands-on, creative exercises that help you connect to your emotions without words. You’ll explore the art of slow looking and discover how image-making can support self-care.
Merlin was commissioned to run similar workshops for NHS staff throughout the pandemic, and is now working with the United Nations Development Programme, Imperial University and the Centre for Performance Science to expand the programme globally.
What you’ll do
- Explore illustration through emotion, creating your own illustrated responses to other artworks.
- Create an illustrated self-care manifesto that allows you to bring art and health together in your daily life.
- Learn the art of slow looking – a new way of exploring art in galleries and online.
- Take part in a guided meditation to connect to your authentic artistic voice.
- Learn about the global practice of arts-health and the charities and practitioners leading the field.
What you’ll need
- White A4 cartridge paper or sketchbook
- Coloured A4 card
- Black Indian, drawing or fountain pen ink
- Table salt
- Blanket or comfortable cushion for the meditation
- Access to a printer to print handouts in advance
Need to know
Participants will receive handouts a week before the masterclass and login details the day before – these will be sent to the email address linked to your Paypal account so please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible from your contact email address if this is different to the one linked to your Paypal account.
Please read the Guidance for Participants for further information.
No experience needed.
About the tutor
Merlin Evans is an award-winning illustrator, scribe and educator who’s been teaching at House of Illustration since 2011. Merlin specialises in scientific illustration, and currently holds the post of Medical Illustrator in Residence at the Centre of Performance Science, run by Royal College of Music and Imperial College London. She has lectured internationally and taught at numerous art colleges, schools and universities across the UK. Selected previous clients include Tate Modern, The British Library, The Design Museum, Central Saint Martins, NHS, John Lewis, Bloomsbury Books, Latitude Festival and Time Out.