Hello and welcome to the July issue of Drawing Matters In this month's newsletter you will find:

  • The next Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain course, devised by Betty Edwards, will be held in London in August 09 and is now full. If you'd like to hear as soon as new course dates are announced please contact me to be added to the mailing list.

  • Information about the content 5-day Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain course, devised by Betty Edwards. This includes links for viewing a slideshow of participants' work and reading course feedback.

  • We're on Facebook Learn to Draw Right now has a page on Facebook so drop and see what's there...

  • Virtual Life Class You have less than 30 days to watch 5 episodes of Channel 4's Life Class: The Nude Today, each hosted by an artist-tutor...

  • Exhibition News: The BP Portrait Award 2009 Exhibition has just opened at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England and the Royal Academy announces a major exhibition for 2010.

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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 (www.drawright.com)

Course Dates 2009

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! Course dates for the remainder of this year are:



If you are interested in courses in the United States with Brian Bomeisler, follow the link at the bottom of the page.

If you would like 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.

View a slideshow of student drawings and class photos
If you are interested in booking for next year but you are still sceptical that you will really learn the basic skills of drawing in just five days, why don't you view a slideshow showing some drawings done by participants on the course here (a new window will open)

Read participants' feedback on the course

"I loved it. Great group of people, easygoing, non-competitive and fun!"

You can also read some participant feedback and a more indepth account of one participant's experience here (a new window will open)

To find out more about how the course is structured and what you will learn, click here

For further information and a booking form, click 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)

Visit Me on Facebook!

Learn to Draw Right now has a facebook page. I've been looking at ways I can stay in touch more frequently and so here I'll be announcing course dates,posting photographs and drawings plus any other relevant information that maybe comes up between newsletters or isn't really appropriate for the newsletter.

There is also a discussion board for people to post questions/thoughts on drawing.

I've posted quite a few student drawings plus class photographs so if you want to have a look do stop by.

Visit the Learn to Draw Right on Facebook here

You can keep in touch by just becoming a Fan by clicking on the relevant button.

Hope to see you there!

DON'T MISS: Virtual Life Class

If you are interested in life drawing you might like to know about the Channel 4 programme ‘Life Class: Today’s Nude’ which has been on daytime tv this past week. Although it’s now finished you can view the five 25-minute episodes online here
This is a rare opportunity to watch over an artist-tutor’s shoulder as they draw – and they encourage you to pick up a pencil yourself and have a go too – and learn practical tips from anything about how to place your easel to knowing when to stop (according to Maggie Hambling, Andy Warhol used to say he only knew a painting was finished when it sold!).

The clock is ticking for viewing as episodes are only held online for 30 days and the first episode aired on 6th July.

Please note this is a life class so there is nudity - please don't watch if it will offend.


BP Portrait Award 2009

18th June - 20th September at London's National Portrait Gallery.

The BP Portrait Award is a prestigious world competition and yet several of the artists featured have had no formal training. A range of styles are included and regardless of whether you like a particular style personally there is still much to learn from seeing how others tackle this genre.

If you can't make it to London don't worry - you can view all the exhibitors online here (a new window will open)

****STOP PRESS****
The Royal Academy in London has just announced that it will be staging the largest Van Gogh exhibition since 1968.

The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters, will give the lie to the idea that the painter was a "reckless and unreflective genius".

Over 35 of the surviving 902 letters that he wrote will go on display beside 65 paintings and 30 drawings, the works of art express the principal themes of the correspondence. Much of this is rarely on display due to its fragile nature. Van Gogh only learned to draw in the last 10 years of his life and his letters to his brother Theo describe his progress and struggles.

The 1968 exhibition at the Hayward Gallery attracted 198,000 so expect demand for this one to be high. Advance ticket sales are available now.

Visit the RA site for more information

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain USA

To find out about Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain courses run by Brian Bomeisler in the USA visit www.drawright.com

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