Drawing with Liz Etmanski

Liz is a remarkable drawing partner.   Many people like the experience of drawing with other graphic facilitators and even yearn for work that involves a larger team.  Not me.  Liz, however, is a talented and intuitive drawing and facilitation partner and as we have much the same background we are endlessly delighted to talk about Jackson Pollack (last Thursday), the Beat Poets (Monday), aboriginal blessings (Weds), the Journey of the Magi as it appears through art history and what it means to community development (the week before that) and a bunch of other things.   Both of us felt, when we arrived at art school, that we had come out of a kind of darkness and found our avocations, so making art together is just kind of an exhilarating add-on to what we already like to do.  You can see more of Liz’s art here on her site.  

With Liz Etmanski - one of the few people I can draw with :) - making a map of community.  I love the ideas she comes up with to fill these charts.

With Liz Etmanski – one of the few people I can draw with 🙂 – making a map of community. I love the ideas she comes up with to fill these charts.

Together, we do graphic recording (we record a speaker, panel or facilitated conversations), graphic facilitation (we design and lead a meeting or part of a meeting that is usually geared towards planning and consultation and involves co-creating art with people), illustration (of books, events or projects) and person centred planning (using a template, usually, we can help you plan for a future that builds on the gifts you bring to your communities).  You can book us to do any of these things by contacting Aaron at aaron@spectrumsociety.org

Sometimes we use our IPads, riffing off of each other’s drawings:

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Or we work together in larger formats on sheets of paper about 4′ x 8′

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Liz is also a motivating and exciting speaker, and her presentation, “Drawing BIG Pictures of BIG Dreams,” about how graphics can be used to clarify your ideas, communicate them to others, and make sure everyone is on the same page has been very successful.  On a more intimate scale, Liz is a trained PATH facilitator who has worked with different co-facilitators to help people and groups plan for their futures: LizDrawingAsPlanning LizDetail LizMeredithPATHLiz and I are both consultants for Spectrum Consulting.  Collaborative: Learning, Research, Press.

ART/BRAIN

We are currently drafting a year long curriculum for a series of workshops we’re calling “ART/BRAIN,” designed for all learners, in four sections:  Conversations About the History of Art and Why It Matters to Everyone; Making Your Own Art (History); How Your Brain Works on Art; Better Brains + Better Art = Better Planning, Communication and Self Advocacy.  Liz and I have both enjoyed our studies in art history and want to share that, particularly with people who have not had the opportunity to see how artists through history have taken the ideas of each age and clarified them.   We are also thinking about art and disability as it is discussed by Tobin Siebers, who frames his ideas as Disability Aesthetics.  These are important ideas to use plain language around!     We will also be looking at some ideas about “brain science” from Buddha’s Brain, by Rick Hanson and ideas about how our brains work better when we work together with people who care about us (“interpersonal neurobiology”), which come from Dr. Dan Siegel.      You don’t need to know how to draw or anything about brains to be part of this workshop – we will all learn together and follow our interests as a small group.

If you would like to host or sponsor this workshop series, please contact us.

You can download our bios here: AaronLizBio

Feel free to contact us about working together.   We love meeting new people and hearing new ideas!

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With Joseph Erpenbeck facilitating a session on ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) for folks from all over the province

With Joseph Erpenbeck facilitating a session on ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) for folks from all over the province

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