The Art of Observing WorkshopWe live in a culture that is bombarded with words and visuals. While the collective virtual reader/author presence craves snippets of information—tweets about word count and writing deadlines, the act of writing descriptive narrative requires unequivocal commitment and considerably more than 150 characters. Creating memorable stories takes time; creating unforgettable characters takes patience, imagination, and structure.

Mandy Jackson-Beverly is passionate about the arts, especially the link between observational drawing, developing unique characters, and writing descriptive prose, a process she calls The Art of Observing. She believes that creative chaos is invaluable, but must be balanced with certain rules of order, and done with our feet firmly planted on the ground.

Join Mandy for a day of creativity and fun while learning to flex your observational muscles. In this one-day workshop, you will learn how to use simple useable observational skills that will strengthen your creative process. This is done through drawing, writing, and conversation. No prior artistic experience is necessary.

“Through the ritual of observation, our senses detect the world around us in a multifaceted manner, allowing us to open to the natural flow of our personal creativity. Presented with layers of detail, the subconscious is free to begin its work before tossing ideas back to our conscious mind. This is the point when the ideas flow freely and our writing deepens.”

~ Mandy Jackson-Beverly

Mandy Jackson-Beverly was born and educated in Australia. She’s worked couture fashion in London and has been a successful costume designer in Los Angeles, working with artists such as Madonna, David Bowie, and Joel and Ethan Coen. She’s danced the tango with Robert Duvall and discussed the art of sobriety with Alice Cooper and Russell Brand. Mandy is the author of The Creative Series: A Secret Muse, and The Devil And The Muse. She’s a contributor to The Huffington Post and a book reviewer for The New York Journal of Books.

Mandy has taught theater and art at the high school level, including Advanced Placement art courses, and written and directed theater productions. Her students have been accepted to colleges such as the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, Colombia University, California College of The Arts, UCLA, Dodge School of Film and Media at Chapman University, Georgetown University, Boston University, Emerson College, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and Savannah College Of Art And Design.

For more information and speaking dates, please contact theartofobservingmjb@gmail.com.