The Amber Tree - Drawing Rites
Part I: Wednesday- Friday Nov 6-8, 10am-4pm
Led by Artist and researcher Angie Brew, PhD
Part II: Saturday Nov 9, 10am-4pm & Sunday Nov 10, 10-1
Led by Artist researchers Angie Brew, PhD, and Andrea Kantrowitz, EdD
Pop-up Exhibition, Reception & Panel Discussion
Sunday Nov 10, 2-4pm
with Brew, Kantrowitz, and director of MAPSpace Patricia Miranda
All drawings from the workshops included in the popup exhibition.
Reception/panel discussion is free and open to the public.

There are several ways to join in the week's activities. Come for the entire event or for half days. You can also join virtually! Read below for info.

For every virtual participant's donation a tree will be planted in England.

Workshop I:
Contribute to the worldwide collaborative drawing, The Amber Tree, a never-ending monunental drawing to commemorate those we have lost –humans, animals, trees. Participants create observational and collaborative drawings independently and together, and ‘grow’ the Amber Tree. The Amber Tree will be installed in the gallery for the event. This workshop will utlize Brew’s method of slow observational drawing developed during her PhD research on drawing pedagogy and cognition. 
Workshop II: Angie Brew and Dr. Andrea Kantrowitz, PhD will teach about their ‘Thinking through Drawing’ practices, and explore how drawing can help us understand and problem solve. The focus will be embodied drawing practices, and includes lecture, discussion, and drawing.
All drawings done during the workshops will be included in the culminating pop-up exhibition and reception- free and open to the public.

See more about their collaborative work at

Full program: Wednesday – Sunday: $400
Workshop: Wednesday – Friday: $250
Saturday – Sunday: $250
Half Days, any part - $60
Be an Afar Artist!
Draw with us from Afar!! For those who can't make it in body to Port Chester NY, you can sign up for an "Afar' ticket. Draw a local tree where you live, and email the image. Make a donation to plant a tree, and your drawing becomes part of the Amber Tree.

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Angie Brew is an artist, researcher and drawing teacher. She holds a Drawing MA with distinction from Camberwell College of Art, UAL, London.  For her doctorate she worked in the Drawing & Cognition Project, Camberwell, researching enactive observational drawing methods and pedagogy.  This resulted in a new cognitively-informed approach called 'Drawing Growth', synchronising eye and hand. Her art practice explores drawing for well-being, and close observational drawing of growth processes. She is artist in residence in a community greenhouse in Brixton, London, where she leads a collaborative  Drawing Growth project and a weekly drawing club. She runs a new interdisciplinary research project called Drawlearn, exploring how drawing enables and enhances learning 'across the board'. 

Andrea Kantrowitz is an artist, educator and researcher who uses cognitive psychology theories and methods to study the hidden dynamics of artists’ thinking processes. Her work includes a randomized control trial that demonstrated the impact of an interdisciplinary art curriculum for students growing up in poverty. She has lectured and led workshops on art and cognition internationally. Kantrowitz believes drawing represents a solid example of human imagination at work.

She is the graduate program coordinator and assistant professor in Art Education at the State University of New York @ New Paltz.  As director of the Thinking through Drawing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, she organized a series of international drawing and cognition research symposia, in collaboration with colleagues from the U.K. She holds a B.A in Art and Cognition from Harvard University and a MFA in Painting from Yale. She has taught foundation drawing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and graduate courses in contemporary art at the College of New Rochelle. She was a teaching artist in the New York City for many years, involved in multiple local and national research projects. She recently completed an interdisciplinary doctorate at Teachers College which examined the cognitive interactions underlying contemporary artists’ drawing practices.  Her blog is and her own art work is represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art.

Fill out this form to reserve your spot.(required) PAYMENT INFO: Payable via Paypal below. Note: There is a $7.25-13.05 surcharge to cover paypal costs. To avoid fees please send a check payable to: The Crit Lab LLC Att: Patricia Miranda 6 North Pearl Street, 404E Port Chester, NY 10573