Registration now open for 2017 courses in the UK
Many people think drawing is a talent which a lucky few have but the majority don't. The good news is it is not! 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.
I have just opened up registration for 2017 courses in the UK. Courses are held in central London and north Wales. 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
- Drawing the Head Some tips to help you draw what you actually see.
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COURSE DATES 2017
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 £50 early bird discount see below). 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 27th March to Friday 31st March 2017
Early bird price of £475 for bookings received before 18th December 2016
Monday 12th June to Friday 16th June 2017
Early bird price of £475 for bookings received before 30th January 2017
Monday 21st August to Friday 25th August 2017
Early bird price of £475 for bookings received before 17th March 2017
Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November 2017
Early bird price of £475 for bookings received before 30th May 2017
HOW MUCH? £525 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)
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).
UNIQUE PORTFOLIO OF MATERIALS
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
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
What do people who have done the course already think?
"Overall I would rate 10 out of 10 for the whole experience. I learned so so much in such a short time. Very worthwhile."
You can also read some participant feedback and a more indepth account of one participant's experience
Read what the media and other people have thought of Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain course
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DRAWING THE HEAD
On the DRSB course we focus on portraits - partly because the R-mode loves making sense of facial recognition but also because people commonly think drawing a person is more difficult than a still life or a landscape. It's not - it is the same regardless of subject, once you have learned the skill of drawing.
When drawing a head we want to let go of symbolic preconceptions of the head as a round shape and just draw what you see.
Drawing is simply about looking. There is no magic formula. Everything you need to know is right in front of you if you look. Every shape and line is connected in some way to another shape or line – vertically and horizontally. It is like connecting a big jigsaw… have fun!
- Begin by looking at overall shape of the subject’s head. Just look.
- Notice the angle of the head. Is it tilted to one side or the other? Is it looking down or upwards or facing straight on?
- Notice where the vertical centre line of the face is – and the angle it is (use a straight edge such as a pencil to get a visual sense of this) – and mark that lightly on your paper
- Mark the highest point of the head.
- What is the relationship between the width of the skull/head and its height
from top to chin?
- Then take a straight edge such as a pencil and, holding it flat to the picture plane, move round the outer edge of the skull/hairline. Notice how this outline is made up of lots of different angles.
- Do the same thing again, but this time after you check each angle, immediately transfer that angle or line to your paper. I usually start with the angle of the highest point of the head and then move down either side, round the head, intersecting each angle. Don’t worry about the irregular joinings. You can smooth those out later. For now we want to build up the structure of the head with strong architectural lines that will inform the actual shape of the head.
- Where does the neck join the skull? Notice the point of intersection and notice where that is in relation to the face as a whole - is it halfway up? A third? Look at your own neck in a mirror and notice where it joins the skull... Necks are always wider than we think!
- Notice the angle of the neck – it’s rarely a vertical line.
- Remember the skull? Have a look at an image of a human skull and notice how it is constructed – or better yet run your hands over your own face/skull while looking in the mirror. Notice the planes at the side. Feel the dips and hollows… all of those are likely to be in shadow while the bits that stick out the most, such as the brow ridge and cheek bones will catch the light… It’s all logical!
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