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Automatic and Expressive Drawing

October 2 - 7, 2022

William Downs  ·  williamedowns.com

Workshop at a glance

Explore collaboration, meditation, exploration, expression, freedom, and communication through mixed media.


  • Gesture, figure, and automatic drawing
  • Media and mixed media techniques


  • Charcoal and ink wash
  • Crayon, oil and acrylics
  • Sketchbook study and exposition


  • Multiple gestinal and expressive drawing
  • Historical context of drawing
  • Exploration of drawing media

Artist Bio

William Downs is an award-winning contemporary American artist who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Atlanta College of Art and Design and an MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Downs showed work in the “Art AIDS America” exhibition which toured nationally for a year and his work was shown for the Black Pulp! exhibition along with 20 other Black American artists.
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Workshop Description

Automatic drawing is a process of entering an altered state of consciousness to explore the worldview of an artist through the medium of the hands. Gesture drawing is one example of this process. In this workshop students will learn the automatic drawing process and how to merge it with a multitude of media and mixed media, including charcoal and ink wash, conte and chalk crayon, and oil and acrylic paint on paper. Participants will create works that explore the contentious and the unconscious through automatic drawing and figure drawing. This workshop is an immersive, expansive, and tactile experience and provides lectures and demonstrations on artists such as Picasso and Cezanne and their techniques. Quiet music will accompany the workshop throughout the week. Open to all skill levels.


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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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