Instructor: Christopher Slaymaker, MFA
Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 pm
November 9-December 21  (no class Nov 23)
$180 for entire series

Additional payment options: 
-$100 for all FLOW STATE sessions, $20 for one session (6-7pm)
-$125 for all FIGURE DRAWING sessions, $25 for one (7:30-9pm)


In this class from resident artist Christopher Slaymaker we will learn about the flow state, what it is, why we all love it, and how it applies to visual art / our passions or area of expertise/ and our everyday lives. Each class will start with a lecture on one aspect of the flow state relative to visual art, followed by an exercise designed to trigger FLOW. After a short break, we will reconvene for 1.5 hours of figure drawing with a live model. Read below for information about each class.


REQUIRED MATERIALS: (10% OFF all class supplies purchased through Larkin Arts)

  • 18x24 newsprint pad
  • Soft Drawing media: Nupastels / charcoal / woodless graphite pencils / or graphite sticks (6B or higher)
  • Sketchbook, 11x14 or larger
  • Graphite pencil, 6B
  • Erasers


Class ONE, November 9:
Introduction to the Concept of the Flow State: What is it? Why do you want it? Why is it valuable? How can we trigger and cultivate flow? Followed by 1.5 hour life drawing class.

Class TWO, November 16:
Amalgamation of the Fundamentals of Drawing: Revisiting the Elements of Art - Line, Shape, Value, Form, Texture and Space. How perception of these 6 fundamentals are experienced simultaneously and fluidly in a state of flow. In a state of low, you can hold 'the bigger picture' in your consciousness, balancing all 6 elements harmoniously. Opening the valves of perception in a focused and controlled manner. Exercise: Drawing negative space. Followed by 1.5 hour life drawing class.

Class THREE, November 30:
Drawing the Upside Down: Archetypal symbolic shortcuts we learn for drawing, how they get in the way of seeing and translation from 3D to 2D and how to see through them. Followed by 1.5 hour life drawing class.

Class FOUR, December 7:
Blind Contour Drawing: Unceasing receptive observations, surrendering the need to make a 'good drawing', drawing by feeling. Exercise: Blind contour drawing. Followed by 1.5 hour life drawing class.

Class FIVE, December 14: 
Speed Drawing: Draw so fast that the analytical judgmental mind can't keep up. Break through to the other side of creative flow, George Pratt's figure drawing class, surrendering the need to make a good drawing, the right amount of stress triggers flow, trusting your intuition. Followed by 2 hour life drawing class.

Class SIX, December 21:
Discussion, Summary and Recap of the Flow State: how we can apply it to our daily lives. Surprise exercise. Followed by 1.5 hour life drawing class.


THE FLOW STATE: According to positive psychology: Flow, also know as being 'in the zone' among various other colloquialisms, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.