Methodical thinking through drawing
Self-experience at the Iparon course in urban space in Witzenhausen for the intercultural week
Witzenhausen - Arrived late at the transition house in Witzenhausen, I see five people whose focus is entirely on drawing with their pencil.
In keeping with this artistic and concentrated atmosphere, quiet jazz music is playing in the background.
Only one person is not drawing, that is the course instructor Barak Ben Dov, who quietly observes and praises participants. This workshop is about methodical thinking through drawing and is called Iparon. This method can stretch the mind and open new ways of thinking. It comes from Zen Buddhism.
I am the perfect participant for this item of the intercultural weeks' program . I can't draw, and I don't like it either. That's why I was creative in my own way in art class, and had large portions of my drawings were made by my classmates.
On Monday, however I didn't give up before drawing. Strangely enough, it wasn't bad, more relaxing. My memories from drawing were: Depression, tension, and weariness. The combination of simple exercises and useful tips from instructor Ben Dov made me anything but tense. In these two hours, my mind did not stretch, and no new ways of thinking opened up. However, that is not possible in two hours and not exclusively the goal, explains Ben Dov.
This was a taster workshop to strengthen self-confidence. Normally, the individual exercises would have to be carried out more intensively and for longer. In the future, Barak would like to have a more extensive course with several dates.
Hendric Woltmann, HNA, 24.9.2020