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5 Tips to get back into drawing plus Early bird discounts
January 26, 2020

This week I'm sharing details of 5 Ways to get Back into Drawing after a Break plus updates on this year's courses.

Early Bird discount expires 31st January Save £50 for London 5-day workshop 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.

Early Bird discount expires 28th February Save £50 for North Wales 5-day workshop July 18-23rd 2020 This course is more than half full.

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
(early bird expires 31st January 2020)
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.

Watch one participant's account

Pooky Knightsmith shares her experience of learning to draw in just 5 days with me in 2019 in north Wales.

"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).

5 Ways to Get Back into Drawing after a Break

One of the biggest challenges we all face is how to get back into something like drawing after a break and the longer the break - the harder it can be!

1. Get inspired Visit an art exhibition, look through the work of a favourite artist or browse in the art section of a bookstore and discover someone new. Online apps like Pinterest can be a great way to save and store your favourites. I organise my folders by subject matter or artist and they are always there to browse through and be inspired.

2. Experiment with something new I've found that playing with a new medium is a great way to bypass the fear factor that can build up when we haven't done something for a long time. Keep it simple - for example, if you usually draw in pencil why not pick up a biro and just give yourself permission to doodle on some copier paper. Visit an art store (with a strict budget in mind) and buy yourself a new drawing/painting tool to play with.

3. Plan it in Decide when you are going to do and what you are going to do and then stick to it. It's too easy to drift and just thing 'next week'... Make an intention to set aside a particular time each week.

4. Keep it simple If you haven't done anything for a while start with something short and not too complicated. Copying an old master drawing can be a great exercise to ease back into it. You can find inspiration online in many of the national art collections.

5. Keep it short You don't need to finish a drawing or piece of work in one sitting. Make the most of short pockets of time by leaving it set up if possible or easily accessible in a cupboard or drawer. If you can leave it out somewhere neatly it will be a visual reminder for you.

The more you do something creative the more you will want to do it but you can't wait for inspiration to strike - inspiration will arise from the doing of it!


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