Painting As Mindfulness Practice

Michal Wisniowski

Michal Wisniowski 
12 Sessions » Mondays, September 8–November 24
7:30–10:30 pm | Studio 117 | $480

No prerequisite.

The act of painting is often referred to as a “practice.” Parallels are drawn between meditation and painting, yet it is not often that the act of painting is treated as a form of meditation in itself. This course integrates aspects of meditation practice with material exploration in paint.

Each session begins with a period of meditation prior to painting and concludes with a period of reflection. Additional exercises may include blind drawing to free the mind and loosen the hand, spontaneous visualization for generating subject matter, and developing a dialogue through the generative qualities of gesture and mark-making.

Repetition will be a key component to both painting and meditation practices. A guest instructor will join certain sessions to provide the fundamentals of meditation.

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Michal Wisniowski received his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, and his BFA in fine art and philosophy from Rocky Mountain College. His work revolves around brutalist architectural motifs in mixed-media paintings; sculptures of found domestic objects; and temporary, large-scale installations that combine painted and sculpted modes of representation. As a Polish artist whose formative years were divided between then-communist Poland, refugee camps in Denmark, and a racially hostile, post-unification Germany, the intricacies of memory and trauma are an integral aspect of Wisniowski’s practice. His works function as processors of memory and trauma in order to explore nostalgia as a productive survival strategy.


Michal Wisniowski
Meditation on Anahata, 2012
Acrylic on vinyl
68 x 95 inches
Courtesy of the artist