Painting Without a Brush:  Touch Drawing Inspires Youth at UNESCO Summer Youth Academy in Romania

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - August 10, 2012
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Touch Drawing at the UNESCO Summer Youth Academy in Romania
Young girl leans touch drawing for first time at UNESCO Youth Academy in Romania.
Touch Drawing at the UNESCO Summer Youth Academy in Romania
Students present the best of their Touch Drawing artwork created during the 10-day long art program.
Deborah Koff-Chapin partners with World Genesis Foundation to Bring Touch Drawing to Youth in Romania
Deborah Koff-Chapin, founder of the touch-drawing painting technique.
Touch Drawing at the UNESCO Summer Youth Academy in Romania
Student learning and practicing the technique of touch drawing.
Deborah Koff-Chapin developed the technique of Touch Drawing and describes Touch Drawing as a simple yet profound process where the fingers take the place of pen or brush. Paper is placed over a freshly painted surface. Wherever it is touched, an imprint is made on the backside. Impulses from within take form on paper through the movement of the fingertips on the page.

This amazing technique was brought to Atlantykron Summer Academy 2012. Students had the opportunity to learn more about the process though an education video and then practice the technique in a unique outdoor setting using various paints and papers. Art sessions were held daily including a session using Deborah’s new CD Beneath the Word, soul-infused singing, heartbeat drumming, and Tibetan bowls as well as a session with live music provided by students. Student work was displayed in a hanging exhibit for all participants to view during the Academy.

This was a technique of self-expression and used as a springboard for group discussions. The applications of Touch Drawing were explored by students in different careers, work settings and as a form of personal expression. “I had the chance to facilitate and instruct this program this year. We are so grateful to Deborah for her continued support and her amazing donation of Soul Cards, that inspired youth in their process of Touch Drawing and enriched their experience,” said Heather Caton, President and CEO of World Genesis Foundation and Touch Drawing Instructor. This technique has been brought to programs all over the world and it was great to bring it to Romania for the 2012 Youth Academy. We look forward to the continued sharing of this amazing artistic technique to youth around the world.

The World Genesis Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that was founded on November 30, 1999 and is dedicated to a vision and mission to "leave no child without hope for the future." Headquartered in Santa Fe, NM USA, the foundation supports activities worldwide to create educational, scientific and cultural opportunities for youth with a special focus in areas of the world where these opportunities are limited or do not exist.


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