“I used to draw…” “What if I’m not creative?” “I’m a beginner…” “I used to be more creative…” “I’ve always dreamed about painting a beautiful picture…”
Hi I’m Divya. I’m a British artist in Tokyo helping people reignite creativity at home and at work through drawing. And not in the way you might expect! Been a while? Believe you can’t?
“I was curious about how drawing would help me with my doubt..I was scared to draw before, now I understand that every drawing has infinite possibilities…spending Friday afternoons with you has enriched my life!” – Barbara
The biggest renewable resource available to us, is one that is often overlooked. From idea sparking to stress relief, team building to highlighting important issues peacefully, nurturing diversity, empowerment and initiative, discovering purpose, motivation and daily joy –
Creativity is the one thing that no one can take from you and the one thing that only increases the more the you use it. My classes are open to all ages and abilities.
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath
“I’ve got an untouched sketchbook at home… I used to draw…it’s been so long… where do I start…is it too late to start?…”
Absolutely not. Beginners are BEST. Take off the label ‘drawing.’ Now the labels ‘good’ and ‘bad’. Now the bigger label ‘creativity’. And finally the mighty one ‘art.’ What’s left? Just you and a blank page. Pick up a pencil. Start and see. I’ll show you how.
WORK WITH DIVYA
Step 1. Email me at: email@example.com Classes? Workshops? Commission?
Step 2. Add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book and look out for an email from me
Step 3. Hit “reply” to that email with your answers and let me know more about you
Discounts for members of FEW (For Empowering Women in Japan), TMG (Tokyo Mothers Group), Students and Sponsorships. Ask Divya for details.
クラス＆ワーショクップの詳細については、こちらをクリックして下さい。メールでのご質問は日本語でも対応可能です。 Email: email@example.com にご連絡下さい！
***New Year Course: FULLY BOOKED*** Spring/Summer Course: FULLY BOOKED***
“If you’re a beginner, Divya’s guidance will help you lose the fear of drawing!.. I thought this was just an art class! It’s so much more!”
From “I used to draw…” to “I became more brave…it was so much fun! I’ll definitely recommend this class to my friends!” and “I want to draw again…” to “I’m more open minded, I want to draw more, I’m more creative and I enjoy life even more – I want to continue my art journey!” – Fumi & Alicia, Class of 2017
Email to register and reserve: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bringing creativity to your home, school or workplace. Find out more here or click on the picture
“We are educating people out of their creative capacities… I believe this passionately..we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out of it.” – Ken Robinson
Divya’s Forthcoming Book: When In Doubt, Draw Read The Introductory Chapter Here or click on the image above
Seasonal Drawing Retreats, from the mountains to the sea, to learn from what nature has to say. Where will we go?
Application Only. Email: email@example.com to receive details of forthcoming retreats.
メールでのご質問は日本語でも対応可能です。 email: firstname.lastname@example.org にご連絡下さい！
I WANT YOU TO DRAW SOMETHING FOR ME
Drawings | Paintings | Large Scale| Birthday | Wedding | Wall & Door | Etching | Design
PREGNANCY & BODY ART
DMK. DRIVEN TO DRAW.
Dreaming Bigger All The Time.
Growing more to be able to give more.
Divya Marie Kato has been living and working in Japan now for over 10 years and is incredibly grateful for all the opportunities that have shaped her life here so far. She is always happy to hear about projects where there are opportunities to give back to the community. Get in touch with her directly should you have an upcoming creative community based project.
Currently supporting our beautifully funky family, our parents, the community of FEW (For Empowering Women in Japan), Alam Aksara providing educational opportunities for children in Indonesia, Pencils of Promise building schools in developing countries – a good start! Thank you to everyone for supporting DMK. As we dream bigger, our hopes of making a difference, to those both close to us as well as others around the world, are becoming real. One drawing at a time.
Big love and ever draws, Team DMK x
Drawing Helps Us Deal With The Tough Stuff. And Own Our Story.
“We’re getting a divorce”, “It’s an earthquake”, “It’s cancer”, “He’s not coming back”, “We should break up”, “The house is being repossessed”, “I’m moving to Japan”, “We’re bankrupt”, “I’m addicted”, “I don’t love you anymore.”
A few things from my story. I’ve been drawing my whole life, although I never knew why other than this was my way of processing the world: to be with my thoughts and feelings, to understand and be able to express them. Get my feelings out onto the page. I started as most of us do; chubby fingers clutching chunky crayons. Long before experience and education. For me, this is why drawing is so important. It helps take us back and helps us work things out. Not from the outside. But from the inside. A tool with which we can explore ourselves and our place in the world. I know we share so many of these stories and experience doubt on a daily basis. The news. That call. The stuff that hit the fan this week. Here’s what to do when we don’t know what to do. Or what to say. It’s something that’s served me incredibly well in life. Kept me moving forwards. And therefore something I believe in and love to share. I’ve seen all the things it can do for me and for others too.
“If we want the crisis we’re in now to end well, we need to harness the entire intelligence of the human mind. Not just the rational, analytical mind…the vast brilliance…that sages have been talking about since time out of mind..” – Martha Beck, Coach & Author, TED Talk 2011
Until we raise the profile of creativity in education and society, as something innate to our species and integral to our development, we’re raising adults who will suffer doubts and fears without sufficient tools to navigate them. We need both sides of our brain.
Champions Of Drawing
“Once, when I was struggling with a book, I signed up for a drawing class, just to open up some other kind of creative channel within my mind. I can’t draw very well, but that didn’t
matter; the important thing was that I was staying in communication with artistry at some level. I was fiddling with my own dials, trying to reach inspiration in any way possible. Eventually, after enough drawing, the writing began to flow again…” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic
“Stress is the biggest problem affecting our society today.” –Deepak Chopra in conversation with Oprah Winfrey
“Play is an antidote to stress, and this is key because stress, in addition to being an enemy of productivity, can actually shut down the creative, inquisitive, exploratory parts of our brain. You know how it feels: you’re stressed about work and suddenly everything starts going wrong. You can’t find your keys, you bump into things more easily… I have seen play reverse these effects in my own children. When they are stressed and things feel out of control, I have them draw. When they do, the change is almost immediate. The stress melts away and their ability to explore is regained.” – Greg McKeown, Essentialism
Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk, Do Schools Kill Creativity?, remains the most widely watched in the world: “We are educating people out of their creative capacities…I believe this passionately, that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out of it.”
Betty Edwards famously combined it with neurology in her classic book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, and more recently, extolled the benefits of it in old age: “What to do about growing old? In an article in the New York Times, the author Gerald Marzorati suggests that one way to offset the feeling of growing old is to “Find something—something new, something difficult—to immerse yourself in and improve at.” The author cites growing evidence that learning and practicing a complicated skill can improve brain functions, especially memory. Drawing fits Mr. Marzorati’s recommendation for those who are aging to find a skill that can be endlessly learned and improved upon, no matter the age. I can attest to that in my own work, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain…I truly believe…it is an endless search. And, I should say, there is great pleasure, joy, and satisfaction in continuing to learn.”
Maybe you believe you aren’t creative, you can’t draw…
BUT, you secretly always wanted to draw or paint something incredible. Maybe someone made a comment similar to this when you were a child – “Haha! You can’t even draw a moon!” BUT, that little artist in you still wishes and dreams of creating. Maybe you even tried a few times and couldn’t get your vision down on paper in all it’s awesomeness. BUT, you’d like to try again and have someone guide you in fully translating your imagination onto paper.
DRAW YOUR WAY FROM DOUBT TO DONE
Stuck to Sparks: Discoveries, Possibilities, Ways To Move Forward
Seeking to Connection: Clarity, Purpose, Meaning
Stressed to Source: Calm, Presence, Processing Your Story