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When a lot of people draw or think about drawing, they tend to focus on what the finished piece will be, rather than on the actual process of what they're doing. In an effort to get people to think differently about drawing, Rochester artist Ray Ray Mitrano is hosting a weekend of interactive art workshops at The Little, "Drawing in the Dark."

A workshop a day is scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Friday's workshop is "Eye Opening," where people will learn how to draw musicians as they're playing. On Saturday, Mitrano will have various drawing games spread throughout the room, giving the attendees options to choose from. For his final workshop, everyone will draw along as they watch a film, and try to recreate what they're seeing on the screen without constantly looking down to see what they're drawing. There is no age requirement for the workshops; everyone is welcome to stop by at any point, be it right on time or an hour after they begin.

"When I say all ages, I mean all ages, from baby to elderly," Mitrano says. "This is accessible to young people and people who are older who maybe never picked up a pencil before because they didn't know how to draw or think they could. The weekend is about the process of drawing as opposed to making a product."

All events are free and will take place at the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue). Supplies will be provided. "Eye Opening" is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 18; "Process or Product" is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 19; and "Open, Shut, Open, Close" is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 20. For more information, email Mitrano at rayray@rayraymitrano.com.

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