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Drawing Matters - Book now for 2016 courses in the UK
February 21, 2016

Have you always wanted to be able to draw? If the answer is yes, then why not make 2016 the year you learn? Many people have never been taught properly, or been put off by throwaway comments suggesting that they could never learn. The truth is anyone can learn to draw if they are taught properly. You can learn to draw in as little as 5 days. Whether you are a complete beginner or perhaps you would just like to develop your skills and confidence, particularly at drawing from life, then this 5-day Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain workshop is for you.

2016 courses are now filling up - the March course is now full and I'm down to my last few places for May in London and the residential in North Wales in July. The early bird for the July residential - £50 off - expires 28th February.

  • Information about the content 5-day Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain course, devised by Dr. Betty Edwards.

  • UK Courses Details of 2016 workshops

  • Light and Shadow tips

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Anna Black
Certified Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain instructor, operating under license from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (

Course Dates 2016

If you've always wanted to learn to draw, 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), which are 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 £80).

  • The cost for the course and all materials is £515 (Each course has an early bird discount of £50). There is an additional charge for board and accommodation on the residential courses.

  • 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.

Amadeus Centre, 50 Shirland Road, Little Venice W9 2JA (Nearest tube: Maida Vale (Bakerloo line))

  • Monday 28th March to Friday 1st April 2016
  • This course is now full. Please email me to go on a waiting list.

  • Monday 2nd May to Friday 6th May 2016
  • Last couple of places available!

  • Monday 20th June to Friday 24th June 2016

  • Monday 29th August to Friday 2nd September 2016
  • Early bird discount of £50 expires 19th March 2016

    HOW MUCH? £515 including all drawing and learning materials in the Portfolio (£50 off with Early Bird discount, see specific dates)

    Trigonos, Nantlle, North Wales (nearest train station is Bangor)

    WHEN? Saturday 23rd July to Thursday 28th July 2016
    This course is residential

    HOW MUCH? £515 plus accommodation and full board
    Don't miss the Early Bird Discount!£50 off for bookings by 28th February 2016. Last few places available

    The Course Fee does not include accommodation or full board. There is an additional cost for this which varies depending on the room. (£415 for 5 nights full board for single ensuite to £345 for 5 nights full board single with shared facilities).

    On every course you will be given a Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Portfolio with unique tools designed by Dr Betty Edwards and Brian Bomeisler. This contains all the materials you will need for the course plus learning materials including a dvd. You can find out more here

    If you are interested in purchasing the portfolio separately or for courses in the United States with Brian Bomeisler or courses elsewhere in the world, please click here

    If you would like to be among the first to hear about new course dates in the UK as soon as they are announced please contact me to be added to the mailing list.

    What do people who have done the course already think?
    "Loved the course from start to finish. Can't believe the difference. I have always wanted to draw but been too afraid to even attempt it. Whilst I'm not yet Leonardo I'm so pleased with the progress."

    You can also read some participant feedback and a more indepth account of one participant's experience here

    Read what the media and other people have thought of Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain course here ( a new window will open)


    Light and shadow is what R-Mode (the right brain) loves! Light and shadow creates mood and drama in your drawing. Including a full range of values in your drawings will also add depth and make it more three-dimensional. Often when we are new to drawing we are afraid of going too dark but it is important to get over this.

    • Use an angle poise lamp to direct light where you wish. This will create strong light and dark shapes to draw.
    • If you have laid a ground on your drawing remember that is your middle tone – your darks have to be a lot darker and your lights lighter to create a range of values.
    • Creating high contrast shadows will help you create a sense of 3-dimension to your drawing – you can draw the negative shapes of the lights and darks and the face will emerge for free.
    • Practice light and darks by drawing a value scale. This can be as simple as 3 boxes about an inch square. The first will be white – your lightest light which is the colour of the paper, the second will be your mid tone and the third will be the blackest black you can achieve. Go as black as you can – really go for it! As you get more confident, you can try a 6 step value range or even a 10 step.
    • Experiment with different types of pencil – they come in all ranges and get used to using a wide range of pencils in a drawing.
    • When you think you’ve finished your drawing, put it down and step back from it. Does it have a full range of values from light to dark? If not, go back and look at your subject and keep asking yourself ‘where is the lightest light? Where is the darkest dark?’ and work across your whole drawing in this way.
    • Look at other people’s drawings – particularly Old Master drawings – and notice the range of values used. Copy them.

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