Illusion of Reality:
A Basic Course in Perspective for Artists
with Mark Henson


12pm – CoSM open to the public (Grounds, Cafe, Shop, Gallery open)
*Event Day Gallery Hours: 12 – 3pm
3pm – Illusion of Reality with Mark Henson
6pm – Dinner
7:30pm – Art of Good Will: Creativity & Social Transformation
with Mark Henson, hosted by Alex & Allyson
8:30pm – Break
8:45pm – Session two begins
10pm – End of event

Our ability to create the illusion of reality on a Two-dimensional surface is largely through the use of Perspective. Many artists do not have a good understanding of how perspective works, and have trouble creating realistic looking objects placed in settings that give the illusion of depth.  In this draw-as-we-go course I will lead you through the basics of drawing using perspective to give your imagery a sense of convincing realness.

We will cover 1-2-and 3 point perspective systems, measuring and proportion, drawing irregular objects in perspective, foreshortening, and perspective in nature. I will also explain how 4-5-and 6 point perspective work and we will make some drawings in these more elaborate systems as well. This will be a participatory experience, so bring your drawing pad, ruler or straightedge, pencils and sharpener.

After we’ve drawn all day and had a tasty dinner at Cosm, we will gather again for a slide show and discussion where I will show and share about some of my own work, and give a little talk about politics and art, an especially timely topic for discussion as our presidential election will be taking place just a few days after this event.

Mark Henson

Visionary Painter Mark Henson is well known for his political, erotic and spiritually charged renderings of the intersection of the metaphysical cosmos with hard- core realities. He has been a practicing artist over 50 years, and was a visiting instructor at the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art.

Mark was born and is still living in Northern California, and attended the University of California, Davis, receiving a degree in studio art in 1973. He has been a professional artist ever since, working with a wide variety of mediums, primarily oil painting at present. He has co-founded several gallery ventures, traveled extensively in Asia and elsewhere, and now operates Sacred Light Studio from his home out in the countryside north of San Francisco.

About his art he says, “I believe that art can have the ability to catalyze positive social and cultural changes. In addition to stimulating our visual cortex, Art has the amazing magical power to evoke profound emotional intensity as well as to provoke intellectual thinking. My aspiration as an artist is to create compelling images of beauty and power that serve to promote our Conscious Evolution as human beings, and to show us how to live in a peaceful world. To this end I like to present images exploring themes of Awakening Consciousness, Divine Sexuality, Political Realities and Living in Harmony with Nature.”



The CoSM Store and the Mushroom Cafe will be open.

Rooms are available for rent in the Grey House, CoSM’s fully renovated Visionary Victorian guest house.

For assistance in booking your stay, please call 845-297-2323 ext. 104 or email us at [email protected]


Guest Room Photo

The artwork of Alex Grey & Allyson Grey plus many other visionary artists are on display in the guest house.


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