Welcome to this month's newsletter. I'm sorry it's been a while since I've been in touch but the universe at times seems to conspire against one! We had a wonderful week at the 5-day workshop in North Wales - including lots of drawing, walking and some 'wild swimming' in a lake overlooked by the mountains of Snowdonia (not for the faint-hearted!). I will be announcing new dates for 2011 in next month's newsletter but if you want to be added to my mailing list so you hear about new dates before that goes out please contact me below. In this month's newsletter you will find:

  • Information about the content 5-day Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain course, devised by Dr. Betty Edwards. This includes links for viewing a slideshow of participants' work and reading course feedback.

  • UK Course Dates for 2011 Will be announced here next month but I'll send out details to my mailing list before then so contact me to go on my mailing so you hear about new dates as soon as they are announced.

  • Drawing on your Iphone: Some tips and advice on drawing on an iphone or ipad

  • Drawing using the tools of the Old Masters Find out more about how you can learn these techniques

  • We're on Facebook Learn to Draw Right now has a page on Facebook

  • Drawing Matters Facebook Group has now been created so why not join it and keep in touch with fellow artists around the world...

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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 (www.drawright.com)

Course Dates 2011

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.

I'll be going back to North Wales next year so I've left the details here so you can be tempted...! I'll be announcing next year's dates in London and Wales first to my mailing list and then here in the November Newsletter, so do get in touch if you want to hear about them first!

NORTH WALES: April-May 2011 - Dates to be announced shortly This course is residential

WHERE? Trigonos, Nantlle, North Wales (nearest train station is Bangor) HOW MUCH? £475 plus accommodation and full board

Special Course Fee price of £425 if you book and pay in full before 1st March 2010

Course fee includes:
  • 35 Hours of teaching
  • The Drawing Portfolio (RRP Over £70).
    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.
  • The Course Fee does not include accommodation or full board. There is an additional cost for this which varies depending on the room.

This course is now full. Please contact me if you'd like to go on a waiting list in case a place becomes available

Find out more and how to book here

If you are interested in purchasing the portfolio separately or for courses in the United States with Brian Bomeisler, follow the link at the bottom of the page.

If you would like 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.

View a slideshow of student drawings and class photos
If you are interested in booking for next year but you are still sceptical that you will really learn the basic skills of drawing in just five days, why don't you view a slideshow showing some drawings done by participants on the course here (a new window will open)

Read participants' feedback on the course devised by Dr Edwards and taught by Anna Black

"The course has delivered on all levels... I never believed I could draw but now I know I just need practice to become more than competent. The venue at Trigonos is superb. The setting made this a relaxing and congenial break. Finally I'd say this is one of the best things I have ever done."

You can also read some participant feedback and a more indepth account of one participant's experience here (a new window will open)

To find out more about how the course is structured and what you will learn, click here

For further information and 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)


I've been patiently waiting for my phone contract to expire so I could upgrade to an iphone just so I could draw! Finally that moment came and the last couple of weeks I have been getting to grips with drawing on my iphone(you can also do it on an ITouch or IPad). There are various drawing apps but I've been using Brushes. Here are some tips that I've discovered that you might find helpful.
  • I've started just with black and white for now. This makes it most like drawing and means I can get to grips with the technical side of brush size / type / opacity vs transparency... first
  • The same process as drawing on paper applies. Start with general big shapes and then move into detail later on
  • When you want to do detail just zoom in (and toggle back and forth to 100% so you can see what the outcome is).
  • You can lay a 'ground' of colour/tone in the same was as drawing and then erase out or add tone
  • You can always undo!

If you can I hope you give this a go - there's a wealth of information and examples on the internet including Hockney. I don't see this as replacing drawing on paper but in addition to - it means I can draw (or paint) any time any place...
Here is a copy of a portrait by Degas done on the iphone. The original was in charcoal.


The tools and techniques developed by Dr Edwards and Brian Bomeisler are based on those used by the Old Masters. Recently I've had the opportunity to try some other techniques and materials commonly used in the Renaissance. Here is a drawing done in silverpoint - it's a copy of an old master - literally drawing with silver on a prepared surface.

If you'd be interested in learning about these techniques, Philippa Abrahams (author of Beneath the Surface, artist and museum conservator) is running a variety of workshops. Her next one at the end of October over two Saturdays is in Renaissance painting technique of using egg tempera and pigments. Contact Philippa on: p@philippaabrahams.co.uk
And visit her website


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