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Book by 30th January to claim your early bird discount for May 2019 course
January 27, 2019


  • Book by 30th January to claim your early bird discount for May 6-10th course in London

  • Places still available for February 18-22nd in central London

Contact me to book your place now

Is Fear Stopping You from Learning to Draw?

We all have an inner critical voice that can be very quick to remind us how rubbish we are at this or that. This ‘poisonous parrot’ can end up sabotaging many opportunities. Someone recently suggested to me that rather than see this critical voice as undermining us perhaps it was actually trying to protect us. That same voice warned us as a small child not to touch a hot stove to keep us safe and in many ways it is still trying to do that: to save us from embarrassment, from failing or whatever else you can think of.

As we get older too we tend to focus on things we are good at which makes sense. Because of that however, we can become protective of how other people see us and this can prevent us trying something new.

Dr Carol Dweck, author of Mindset explains in this book how it is not talent or abilities that determine success but the way we approach them – with a fixed or a growth mindset. In a fixed mindset we believe our basic qualities such as intelligence or abilities are fixed traits and that talent alone creates success. With a growth mindset we believe that dedication and hard work can develop our abilities.

Everyone can learn to draw if you are willing to learn new skills and acknowledge that this can feel challenging. The more we draw the more we see and the better we become at drawing.

Too often with drawing we get caught up in not looking right – particularly early on in a drawing – and so we give up. We aren’t willing to persevere. If we can let go of outcome and instead just keep going, following the key stages developed by Dr Betty Edwards and Brian Bomeisler and employing the four skills you will learn on the 5-day Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® workshop, the gestalt – the essence of the object/subject – will emerge.

It is worth remembering that we are only going to grow if we are willing to step outside our comfort zone and do something different. There is no better way to activate new brain cells than try something new. Learning a new skill like drawing will do just that.

Everyone is nervous when they arrive on Day 1 but they quickly realise there is no pressure and the course is so well structured that the learning is introduced in stages and then consolidated.

"It was hard to believe what I had previously read about the benefits achievable from following the methods taught in the drawing exercises, but it is really is working for me." RS

Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway - join us on a 2019 workshop.

  • FEBRUARY 18-22nd in London

  • EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for May 6-10th in London expires 30th January 2019

  • EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for July 27th to August 1st Residential in North Wales expires 28th February 2019

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Dr. Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® 5-day intensive course is a proven technique for teaching drawing - particularly to those people who swear they could never be taught to draw! This course is taught in the UK by Anna Black, certified and licensed by Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® Inc.

Anna teaches in the UK in central London (Little Venice), non-residential, and North Wales, near Bangor, (residential).
  • The course lasts for 5 days (9.30am-5.30pm) and includes 35 hours of teaching and The Drawing Portfolio (RRP over £55 exc dvd).

  • The cost for the course and all materials is £525. There is an additional charge for board and accommodation on the residential courses and you can purchase the dvd separately. Save £50 off the course fee by booking before the early bird expires. See individual course dates.

Find out Course dates and Early Bird discounts for 2019 here


Here is a video of work from the last 2 days of the course. Although the drawings you see here are all portraits, students are learning the skill of drawing - a global skill that can be applied to drawing any subject matter. A sneak peek inside the last couple of days of the workshop


The contents of the Drawing Portfolio were designed by Dr Betty Edwards and Brian Bomeisler. It includes all the materials you will need for the course, including drawing tools unique to Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain®. These unique tools were developed by Brian Bomeisler based on those used by the Old Masters. The Portfolio and its contents are yours to take home and keep. Find out more about the Drawing Portfolio here


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