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Professional Development Spotlight: Touch Drawing

Friday, November 10, 2017

In mid-July art teacher Annie Rocha traveled to Whidby Island in Washington state to attend a workshop led by Deborah Koff-Chappin, the founder of Touch Drawing.

Practicing Touch DrawingTouch Drawing is a drawing skill used worldwide by artists, therapists, social workers, health care practitioners, and educators. It is a simple yet profound process in which paper is placed over wet paint; then the artist uses his or her fingertips on the paper to form images. The technique uses expressive arts to enrich the drawing experience; it is painting as a way of being in the moment.

Annie recently introduced Touch Drawing to Middle School students, guiding them to use drawing and painting as a mindfulness tool. Students will learn a new skill in art while also learning new ways to build on their explorations of mindfulness.

Donations to Burgundy’s Annual Giving fund support professional development for faculty that enrich curriculum, like Annie’s Touch Drawing workshop.