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Drawing Matters
June 19, 2015

Have you always wished you could draw? Would you like to improve your drawing skills? If your drawing skills need developing there is no better way to do this than with a 5-day Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain workshop. However, I am down to my last few places for this year with only a couple of spaces for August, so if you are interested please do get in touch so you won't be disappointed.

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

  • UK Courses Last chance to book for 2015

  • The Power of Line: Experiment with mark-making to create interest

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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 2015

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. 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 22nd June to Friday 26th June 2015
  • This course is now fully booked but you are welcome to go on a waiting list
  • Monday 24th August to Friday 28th August 2015
  • last couple of places available

    HOW MUCH? £515 including all drawing and learning materials in the Portfolio

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

    WHEN? Saturday 25th July to Thursday 30th July 2015
    This course is residential

    HOW MUCH? £515 plus accommodation and full board
    Early bird discount expires 28th February 2015

    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).
    This course is now fully booked but I am running a waiting list.

    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.

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    What do people who have done the course already think?
    "I'm so pleased I came on the course. I never would have believed how I improved... Really really really delighted! Really impressed with course content and how it develops. Made drawing seem a really straightforward skill to learn."

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

    For further information and to contact me for 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)

    The Power of LIne

    When you are drawing it’s very easy to get so caught up in trying to render what you see in terms of angle and proportion that you forget about the power of line. If you look at drawings done by the Old Masters and other artists, the line of the pencil is in constant movement and change – thick, thin, light, dark, solid, broken, repetitive... Take a moment to look at some Old Master drawings and notice how the different line styles give you different types of information and create interest. A contour line that breaks might suggest light hitting that particular spot.
    If you think of line as the language of a drawing, you want that language to speak volumes – to convey mood and evoke emotion as well as describe the subject.
    Try This:

      Practice the marks you make on paper

    • Vary the pressure on the pencil – what do you notice?
    • Experiment with how you hold your pencil – what do you notice if you hold it close down to the tip? How about if you hold it higher up towards the end? How does the position of the fingers affect the mark made?
    • Experiment with drawing the same object in a variety of different pencil styles. Notice how a particular style of mark may convey a particular feeling tone to the drawing.
    • Experiment with different drawing tools – a stick dipped in ink, a quill pen, a hard pencil versus a soft pencil – the options are endless. Different tools speak different languages. What do you want your drawing to say?
    Each of us has our own unique style of making a mark with pencil but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore and extend the range of marks you can make. When you increase your vocabulary of marks it will empower you to make conscious deliberate decisions when you are drawing to use a particular type of pencil mark to convey particular information.

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