In the first lockdown in 2020 after the start of the covid pandemic, I was lucky to be invited to be a part of a group of artists friends, and together we designed a workshop spanning different topics from calligraphy, painting, photography, writing, etc for interested participants locked in their homes to learn something new. I was leading the writing workshop, and it was frankly the first time I had designed a workshop for writing and delivered it. The response was incredible.

About a year later, we are once again locked inside our houses. Nepal is facing unprecedented consequences from the pandemic. Sometimes it feels like we are in a sinking boat, and yet we must do everything we can to stay afloat. For many of us it means staying at home and being vigilant every time we head out. For others it’s being on the frontline so we can stay at home. As we stay home, maybe we can give back whatever little possible, to fill the holes in the boat so we may get through this together.

I am organizing Together We Draw, a basic digital art workshop on Autodesk Sketchbook. Sketchbook is a free app available on iOS, android, PC, and mac. Since I discovered Sketchbook a few years back, I have been teaching myself how to draw digitally. I am not an expert, and this workshop will cover some basics with the hope that it will give you something to look forward to, even if for an hour and a half. Great minds throughout history have turned to art to help get through difficult time periods. Art can help you cope a little better with the stressful situation looming around us.

All the proceeds from the nominal fee will be used to buy rice for frontline health workers through ‘Cooked Meal for Frontline Health-workers’ initiative organized by Sastodeal in partnership with Women for Human Rights (WHR) and Nepal Medical Association (NMA). You can learn more about the initiative here.

To register yourself, please click here for the form.

If you’re interested in learning something about digital art and in contributing to the cause, please consider being a part of this project. Please share it with your friends and family who might find it interesting and worthwhile. Currently, this workshop is only open to friends in Nepal as I do not have methods to collect funds from outside.

Hope things get better soon and together we heal.

Posted by:Alfa M. Shakya

Someone who likes to make things.

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