Automatic/Expressive Drawing – D1119-19

Date: Aug 12 - 16, 2019

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): William Downs

Tuition: $1,090
Studio Fee: $75
Registration Fee: $45


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. Using automatic drawing, an individual can connect with and channel the sensibilities of such artists as Picasso or Cézanne. This workshop offers lectures and demos on artists and techniques to be explored. Students learn the automatic drawing process and how to merge it with a multitude of media and mixed media.

Media & Techniques:

Students investigate mixed media: charcoal and ink wash; conte and chalk crayon; and oil and acrylic paint on paper. Quiet music accompanies the workshop throughout the week.


This workshop is an immersive, expansive and tactile experience. Participants create works that explore the contentious and the unconscious through automatic drawing and figure drawing. Learn through prompts, lectures and demonstrations of techniques.


William Downs works in a range of mediums, but focuses primarily on drawing. He is a Lecturer in Drawing and Painting at Georgia State University in Atlanta. William received his MFA from Mount Royal School of Art at MICA. He is represented by Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta, GA.

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