Storefront for Somatic Practice
3 day workshop
How can drawing help us to become more attuned students of movement? How can we develop our ability to observe and understand the organizational capacity of the body through the practice of drawing? What is it about drawing that nurtures our innate sensitivity and capacity for sustained attention, honing our talent for seeing through form?
This drawing & movement workshop series is structured to review and complement professional training in the Feldenkrais Method of somatic practice, as an aid for further study, but is open to all artists, amateurs, and students of movement.
Drawing is a potent mode for clarifying the organizational intention behind Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) and Feldenkrais Functional Integration (FI). It provides a tangible, material form for seeing the relationships between lessons and deepens the future practitioner’s ability to make sense of a client’s movement and potential for movement.
Weaving drawing into the Feldenkrais Method and other somatic practices challenges our blind spots around the coherence and combinatory, integrative nature of basic actions. The study of anatomical structure and function—in motion and in drawing—develops our ability to perceive and diagram fields of potential movement in ourselves and others.
Helen Singh-Miller is an artist, Feldenkrais practitioner, and Film Study Center Fellow at Harvard University. Born and raised in New York, she holds a BA in Art and English from UC Berkeley and master’s degrees in Art from Harvard. She is the Assistant Editor of The Feldenkrais Journal and her writing on art has been published by The Drawing Center’s Bottom Line, Trade School, Comet Books, The Bok Center, Mozarteum Salzburg, ESTAR(SER) and Feldenkrais Zeit. She runs the Storefront for Somatic Practice in Cambridge, MA, and teaches drawing and movement with the collective ARE.
Chris Moffett is a Feldenkrais practitioner and philosopher of education. He completed his Feldenkrais Training in 2003, in Montclair, NJ, and received his PhD from Columbia University in 2012, examining the embodied and aesthetic foundations of educational practices. He teaches graduate courses in philosophy and education that utilize drawing and movement to engage the imagery of education—the ways we imagine forming and being formed by our environments—sitting in a chair, for instance, or refusing to sit still. He is currently writing about crossing from one end of Paris to the other completely underground.
ARE, an art collective started by Helen, Chris and Josh Hart in New York, has been integrating Feldenkrais and drawing at museums, universities, and other cultural institutions since 2010.