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Drawing Matters, Jun/July 12
July 01, 2012
Welcome to Drawing Matters, As so often happens time seems to fly by and June seemed to be particularly busy - perhaps because we had a 5-day course at the start. Therefore I'm a bit behind with newsletters so I'm going to make this one a joint June/July one as I know that towards the end of July I'll be busy getting ready for the North Wales course at the beginning of August. All my courses are fully booked. If you are disappointed do make me sure you contact me to go on a waiting list and to go on my email mailing list who always receive first notification of new dates. I will be announcing 2013 in due course. In addition in this month's newsletter you will find:
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Course Dates 2012If 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.
ACCOMMODATION & BOARD COSTS
The Course Fee does not include accommodation or full board. There is an additional cost for this which varies depending on the room type. (£370 for 5 nights full board for single ensuite to £305 for 5 nights full board single with shared facilities plus twin rooms at reduced cost subject to availability).
Each of the drawing courses has its own unique character but the ones at Trigonos have the additional bonus of being located in such a wonderful space. If the weather is kind to us there is the opportunity to draw outside which presents its own rewards (and challenges). And then of course there is the venue...
You can also read some participant feedback and a more indepth account of one participant's experience here (a new window will open)
REVIEW: DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN New EditionLast month I reviewed the new edition of the Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook and I promised this month to look at the book itself. Dr Edwards apparently took a year updating and producing this definitive 4th edition. This attention to detail comes through. While much of the material remains the same it is reassuring to know that it does so because the material has stood the test of time. However, Dr Edwards has also taken the time to clarify some instructions, in particular the chapter on Sighting. The skill of sighting is always a challenging one for students to grasp and for a teacher to explain so these clear instructions will be welcomed by all. In addition Dr Edwards reflects on new developments in the field of neuro plasticity and looks at how it affects L-Mode and R-Mode thinking with relation to drawing skills. She also presents the case for the importance of teaching drawing skills in schools as an important element of learning critical thinking. All in all this new edition is worth reading. If already own a copy of a previous edition perhaps check it out of your local library to read the updated material. If you don't have your own copy though I'd highly recommend it for your bookshelf. It has a lot of practical information and exercises that will improve your drawing.
Negative Space & the Importance of EdgesOn the 5-day course we spend Day 1 and 2 exploring Edges and the importance of negative space. Recently I've been doing some relief printing and the unique challenge of relief printing is that you have to cut away what you want to be white (if your paper is white) and leave what is black (if your ink is black). This means you have to think through every element of your drawing very carefully in advance. This has reminded how if we focus on the negative space and draw the space around the object we get the object for free. This is particularly useful if what we are drawing is quite complex as there is always a danger that we become overwhelmed and resort to symbolic drawing. Instead, if we focus on negative space, each space relates to the next, sharing edges and creating forms. Drawing in this way can feel effortless and it's always tremendously satisfying. Focusing on negative space will unify and strengthen your composition as well as help you resolve common issues arising.
In this linocut notice how the edges of the arm and the stripes on the shirt are shared...there's no need to draw every line. The complexity of the tree branches is strengthened by the emphasis on negative space as is the moulding of the light and shadow. Negative space is your best friend in drawing - Use it!!
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