Stream drawing is what I call a meditative, intuitive drawing process I developed to support people in their quest to reconnect with their innate creativity and to support the development of empathic, emotional intelligence. “Stream drawing” means to draw and feel the connection to the stream of consciousness flow, to create with a sense of ease, joy and adventure all at once. It is so relaxing and exciting to stream draw, it feels like an ideal meditative process, and the unconscious is allowed to surface much as in a dream-state. This is important since deepening our awareness through consciousness about our feelings and motivations for life choices is beneficial and revelatory.
Many adults say, “I like to draw, but I’m not good at it.” Drawing, like many other creative pursuits, is given a low value status, yet being creative is empowering and aligns us with our own potential. Why would we want to lose that natural impulse to make our mark, to be creatively expressive? Stream drawing allows us to return to the wildly uninhibited creative joys of early childhood, when drawing freely (on walls as well as paper!) was thoroughly practiced, as natural as breathing.
Stream Drawing with Children
Children are natural at stream drawing because we are born mark-makers. Young ones instinctively (usually with a broad smile) draw all over walls and other surfaces without a hint of inhibition. As we learn and grow, this innate and expressive drawing impulse is for the most part gone from the scope of daily experience, which means an immediate and worthy way of centering and becoming aware of emotions is lost. As a consequence, there is a lack of mindfulness, emotional and empathic sensing goes under-developed, in schools and in society.
I have been doing workshops with students in schools, libraries and museums using this method of drawing to bring back that natural mark-making empowerment for a few decades, building self-advocating children who are in touch and verbal about their feelings (using the drawings as a conduit) and support peers as they verbalize their emotions. Using drawing in this way is easy as breathing, simple and yet profound. Contact me on this site to book me for Stream Drawing Workshops with students and adults or call 203-557-3937.
We are born creators, and to thrive in the spirit of creativity is our truest essence. Recapture your abundantly creative soul by trying stream drawing. You can learn more about it here with my book, MAKING MARKS: Discover the Art of Intuitive Drawing.
To book an intuitive stream drawing workshop, one-on-one studio time, or an intuitive reading based on a stream drawing created in your honor ( a special intuitive process), contact me here on this site or call 203-557-3937.