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Mindfulness Drawing Workshop with Cara Bean

illustration of a pencil and a bean walking and drawing
Image courtesy of Cara Bean

The unique comic format can chronicle—in ways that are succinct and easily comprehensible—how our physical and mental health are shaped by complex American systems, while also conveying inequities inherent throughout these systems. Join us for this workshop, associated with the exhibition Drawing Us Together: Public Life and Public Health in Contemporary Comics.

Join cartoonist Cara Bean in this hands-on, visual thinking, mindfulness workshop. Bean will walk participants through a series of creative exercises intended to lessen anxiety, build confidence, and grow creativity. Together, you’ll go over the basics of communicative and idea-generating drawing (stick figures allowed!) and develop the skills needed to doodle as a form of play and problem solving. No prior art experience is required. 


Space is limited and registration is required. The event is free and open to the public by lottery, so please RSVP here by Monday, November 14, to request a spot.


Cartoonist and art educator Cara Bean is the author of Draw 500 Funny Faces and Features (Quarry Books, 2015) and Let’s Talk About It: A Graphic Guide to Mental Health (Center for Cartoon Studies, 2020; free to download here). Cara is passionate about drawing and believes that the simple act of doodling on paper can lead to the investigation of complex ideas. An art teacher for 13 years at Lexington High School, Cara holds an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Washington in Seattle and received a certificate in cartooning from the Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Florida. She is currently working on a long-form graphic work which speaks directly to kids about mental health.

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