Grey Workshop

Visionary Art Workshop: Body and Soul Drawing Ritual

Thursday, 18 April 2013, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

As artists, we are the scintilla of universal creativity. In alignment with the Cosmic Order, in a natural flow of our own uniqueness, vision takes form. Whether we create for “right livelihood” or for our own personal enjoyment, the practice of art can be a healing force. To feel healthy and whole we connect with and manifest the visions of our essence.

Turn on your light body. Attune yourself to the presence of the human aura in relation to the flesh.
Join Alex Grey and Allyson Grey for a drawing meditation that will include:

  • A slide talk on the portrayal of the subtle energetic body throughout art history,
  • Instruction on proportions, features and expressions of the head and body,
  • Instruction on painting and drawing techniques and elements of design,
  • Vision practices that allow us to glimpse the interplay of body and soul,
  • Seven drawings of the subtle chakra centers posed by a yogic model,
  • Observing and visually capturing the subtle body interaction of yogi and yogini.

Participants will take home drawings that may be touchstones of the harmonic integration of psyche and soma. All levels of ability are welcome.

Materials list:

  • Pencils and pens for drawing
    graphite pencils — 2B, 3B, 4B, HB (a few or all)
  • Colored pencils — 20 or more colors
  • Kneadable eraser and other preferred types
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Drawing pad with heavy paper — 11″ x 14″
  • Watercolor block (optional but recommended)
  • Watercolor or acrylic paint set (optional but recommended)
  • Good quality watercolor brushes of various sizes
  • Easel (optional) — work tables will be available. Bring a travel easel, if you need one.

Students are encouraged to use the best quality material they can afford.

Alex Grey is best known for his paintings which portray multiple dimensions of reality, interweaving biological anatomy with psychic and spiritual energies. Grey’s visual meditation on the nature of life and consciousness, the subject of his art, is contained in five books. His two monographs, Sacred Mirrors and Transfigurations, follow the history of Grey’s artistic life. The Mission of Art and Art Psalms reflect on art as a spiritual practice. The book, CoSM, co-authored with Allyson Grey, provides a guided tour of the New York City installation of the the Sacred Mirrors collection. Grey’s world-renowned career includes exhibitions and keynote addresses from Basel to Tokyo to Sao Paulo, and features on the Discovery Channel, the CBC, in Newsweek and Time Magazines. Grey’s art has been used on albums for the multi-platinum bands Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Tool, and String Cheese Incident. Grey’s most outstanding and widely appreciated works of transformative art were exhibited for five years in the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in New York City.

Allyson Grey was born in 1952 and has been married to Alex Grey for 25 years. They met at the Boston Museum School where Allyson received a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts. She has had one person shows at Stux Gallery and O.K. Harris Gallery in NYC, among others. Commissions of permanent public works include a 24 foot mural at the First Bank of Lowell, Massachusetts and her paintings have been collected by many corporations and individuals. She paints and collaborates with her very busy husband and adorable (and also very busy) actress daughter, Zena Lotus, in Brooklyn, New York.