Art and Contemplative Practice: The Laboratory

Sue Hammond West

June 1–3, 2012

Tuition $165 + 2 nights

The laboratory is a place for practice, observation and testing. Here, artistry is an experiment in developing presence. Empirical exercises are the ground for experiencing art as a path toward self-created consciousness. Participants will investigate guided stages of artistic creation: short meditations, heightened attention, stillness, repetition, slowness and energetic action. Making art from deliberate deconstruction and for no result, we will empower our creation. Extending outdoors into the natural world, we will draw upon the extraordinary influence and energy of our terrain. Students will depart this hands-on lab with several pieces crafted from different mediums. Open to all skill levels.

Please bring these materials:  Watercolors; gouache; big and small water color brushes; ebony pencil; pencils; charcoal; pen eraser; Uniball Vision Exact black pen; sketch book; watercolor paper (6″x6″ 8-12 sheets, also 2-3 sheets of larger paper); board to support the paper and/or easy-to-transport easel; drafting tape; blanket to sit on the ground or short lawn chair; and anything you can transport that you like to use for making your art.

Please e-mail with any questions regarding materials.

Sue Hammond West

Sue Hammond West is a painter and mixed media artist who explores consciousness, quantum physics and the phenomenology of being. Her exhibitions include Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Beacon Street Gallery, Chicago; and the University of Notre Dame Isis Gallery. She is director of the School of the Arts at Naropa University.

Program Details

Date and Time Details: Please arrive between 2:00–5:00 pm on Friday, June 1st. Program ends with lunch at 12:30 pm on Sunday, June 3rd.

Financial aid is available for this program.