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Learn to See... Learn to Draw... in 5 days
February 09, 2020

This week I'm sharing tips on Drawing without a Pencil, something you can practice whether you are a beginner or more experienced, plus updates on this year's courses.

Book now to claim your Early Bird discount which expires 28th February Save £50 for North Wales 5-day workshop July 18-23rd 2020 This course is filling up fast.

Next London course with spaces is May 18-22nd 2020 As the March course is now full this gives you another opportunity to learn to draw in London in the first half of the year. After May, the next London course will be October.

NEW Scotland 5-day workshop September 14th - 18th 2020 in Lochgoilhead which is about  70 minutes from Glasgow international airport. Loch Goil is part of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and is a fantastic area for walking, golf, fishing and boating.

I will also be announcing dates for a new 2-day Follow-on course for 'graduates' shortly - find out more below.

In each 5-day workshop you will get:

  • 5 days of drawing
  • 35 hours of teaching
  • includes portfolio of drawing materials and unique Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® tools to support your drawing (RSP £75)
  • Supportive and encouraging learning environment

2020 Workshop Dates

Non-residential courses in London and the residential in north Wales
Book early and save £50 see individual courses for details.


March 16-20th 2020
This course is full. Please get in touch to go on the waiting list
May 18-22nd 2020
This course is more than half full.
October 26-30th 2020
(early bird expires 30th April 2020)


July 18-23rd 2020 (early bird expires 28th February 2020)

This course is residential and there is an additional charge for full board accommodation. It is possible to attend on a non-residential basis.

September 14-18th 2020 (early bird expires 14th April 2020)

This course is non-residential but I can give you accommodation suggestions.

Find out more about prices and locations here

If you would like further information and to book please reply to this email.

The north Wales course takes place a lovely venue, Trigonos, which is on the edge of Snowdonia. Enjoy amazing food in stunning surroundings.

"I felt my brain switch into this new and different mode. The anxious and insistent need to keep “doing stuff” disappeared, to be replaced by a calm and focus I had not experienced before"

*New* Follow-on Course for Alumni

I'm delighted to announce that in 2020 I will be launching a 2-day follow-on course for those of you who have completed the 5-day workshop. I know this is something that people have been asking for!

I have been working with Dr Edwards and Master Instructor Brian Bomeisler over the last few months refining the content and we hope that it will help you consolidate your drawing skills and take them to another level. If you haven't been drawing and things are feeling a bit rusty this would be a great way to get back into it.

This workshop is open to those of you who have completed the 5-day workshop and you will need your portfolio materials. The first one will most likely be in London but I also hope to run them in Scotland.

Register interest

Dates and location are still to be confirmed but do reply to this email if you would like to register interest (without any commitment).

Drawing without a Pencil

Learning to draw is actually about learning to see – learning to see what is actually there rather than the quick, edited version that our brain usually provides for us. The brain is doing its best to make a complex world more manageable for us but while helpful in everyday life, it works against us in drawing.

On the five-day workshop you will learn to see as an artist sees. You will stop seeing the world in short-hand symbols but instead, see things as they really are rather than how you think they are. This opens up a whole new world that provides pleasure way beyond drawing.

One participant wrote to me saying how much visiting exhibitions had been transformed for her since she had done the 5-day workshop - she was seeing things in a totally new way. Another, talked of kayaking and noticing the light on the waves or the colours of the leaves underfoot as he walked his dog.

You can practice seeing at any time – even when you don’t have a pencil in your hand. The next time you have a moment – perhaps standing in a queue or sitting on a bus or train or waiting for the kettle to boil…

Look at the edges How does the light affect the edges. Where are they strong? Where do they disappear?

Explore the negative space around the object/subject Focus on those shapes rather than the subject itself.

Where is the light coming from? See if you can divide the object into light, medium and dark. Where are the brightest areas? Where are shadows – do they have hard edges or soft? Where are the bits that are in-between?

How do different parts of the object/subject relate to each other? Look for vertical and horizontal alignments. Is something above, below or in line with something else. Just practice looking and referencing.

Or keep it simple and just pause, look and really look again!


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