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Drawing Matters - Don't Miss the March 2016 early bird discount!
November 27, 2015

Are you one of those people who would love to be able to draw but have been put off by careless comments by other people about being a beginner? Or perhaps you can draw but would you like to develop your skills and confidence, particularly in drawing from life? If your drawing skills need improving there is no better way to do this than with a 5-day Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain workshop.

2016 courses are now filling up and if you'd like to take advantage of the early bird discount and save £50 for March 2016 you need to book before 1st December. The early bird discount for May 2016 expires 18th December.

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

  • UK Courses Registration is open for 2016

  • When Nothing is as Important as Something The Importance of Negative Space

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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
  • Early bird discount of £50 expires 1st December 2015
  • Monday 2nd May to Friday 6th May 2016
  • Early bird discount of £50 expires 18th December 2015
  • Monday 20th June to Friday 24th June 2016
  • Early bird discount of £50 expires 30th January 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
    Early bird discount of £50 expires 28th February 2016

    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?
    "I couldn't have wished for a better organised workshop... I particularly enjoyed your non-judgemental and supportive feedback."

    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)


    When we sit down to draw something most of us focus all our attention on the subject itself and we pay little attention to how the subject sits within the format ie. the paper. However, if we do the opposite and draw the space around the object many of the problems that arise in drawing are solved. Focusing on and drawing negative space means we get the positive shape/object for free. There are other benefits too:
    • When drawing we can get tangled up in our deeply-embedded symbol system which means we draw what we think we see rather than what we actually see. If we draw negative space we are essentially drawing nothing - there is no symbol to get in the way and this makes the whole process much easier.
    • Many compositional problems are solved and a drawing which focuses on negative space will be much stronger in terms of composition as all of the drawing is of equal importance.
    So how can you practice this?
    • Choose an object that is quite complex - a corkscrew, a bunch of keys, a close up of leaves or twigs etc
    • Draw your format on the paper ie. a border (it can be any shape). This will reinforce the sense that all the space within the border/shape is your drawing area.
    • If you have a viewfinder you can draw cross hairs on your format to match your viewfinder which will help you navigate around your drawing. If you don't have a viewfinder, don't worry you can still do a negative space drawing! You can use your hands/fingers to create a square window which will help determine your composition.
    • Decide on the boundaries of your composition. Keep it quite tight and focused in quite closely. Ideally have some part of your object touching the boundary of your format/composition. Look for interesting shapes created in the space between the object and the edge of the format or paper.
    • When you start drawing it may be helpful to start at the edge of your format.
    • Slowly work through the drawing, drawing shape next to adjacent shape but always focusing on the space between and around the subject. It is like piecing a jigsaw... if you stay focused on what shape/line connects to what you can't get lost.
    • This type of drawing is a great way to practice your skills and I think all negative space drawings have a distinct beauty about them. You can practice 'seeing' negative space anytime - just focus on the space around an object. Try it and see!

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