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June 11, 2017

Places are filling up fast for 5-day Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® workshop, August 21st-25th, London

Places available for 5-day Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® workshop, 30th Oct-3rd Nov, London

I love teaching the 5-day Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® workshop as it is so rewarding to see people progress and gain confidence in their drawing skills and also in their ability to learn something new - particularly something that perhaps seems beyond them at the start of the week. Here are some of the things that people have said on finishing the week:

"Thank you so much for a brilliant week. We still can’t believe what we achieved."

"All my friends and colleagues can't believe what we achieved after only 5 days. Really all the credit to you for the fantastic job you did."

"Very many thanks for the excellent course: it was really well structured and delivered."

"An absorbing and challenging week but well worth the effort!"

You will probably find the workshop challenging at times but likewise you will find it rewarding too. It is rare that we are brave enough to learn something new as adults. Learning to draw is actually about learning to see so the course has the potential to open up many different opportunities beyond drawing alone. If you are up for the challenge then book your place now!

Drawing is a skill that can be learned. 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.

Courses are held in central London and north Wales (you can find out more about courses in the USA and the rest of the world at the end of the newsletter). In this newsletter you will find:

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

  • UK Courses Details of 2017 workshops

  • Is fear stopping you from drawing? Find out more about what can get in the way of learning new skills

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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® Inc (


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 £525. 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 21st August to Friday 25th August 2017
  • Filling up but some places still available

  • Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November 2017
  • Places still available

    HOW MUCH? £525 including all drawing and learning materials in the Portfolio

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

    WHEN? Saturday 15th July to Thursday 20th July 2017
    This course is residential

    HOW MUCH? £525 plus accommodation and full board

    The Course Fee does not include accommodation or full board. There is an additional cost for this which varies depending on the room. (£450 for 5 nights full board for single ensuite to £385 for 5 nights full board single with shared facilities).
    This course is now full. Please contact me to go on the waiting list. I will be returning to Trigonos in 2018.


    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


    You can 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)

    Is Fear Stopping you Drawing?

    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.

    In Mindset, Dr Carol Dweck explains 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.

    The 5-day Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® workshop encourages a growth mindset. 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 fifth skill, 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.

    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. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain! You can attend a 5-day workshop in the UK and also in the USA.

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