Welcome to Drawing Matters, Although I hoped to announce 2012 dates in this month's newsletter - and had delayed sending it to do so, I'm afraid events have overtaken me and so they will be in October's newsletter. However I will be sending out an email first to those on my mailing list so please contact me if you'd like to be added to this. 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 Courses Details of courses

  • Drawing with Others Tips finding other people to draw with and support you

  • Forthcoming Exhibitions Details of forthcoming exhibitions in London which have just opened booking.

  • 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

All the courses for 2011 have now finished but 2012 will be announced next month.

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.

Courses take place in central London (Little Venice), which are non-residential, and North Wales, near Bangor, (residential). The course lasts for 5 days and includes 35 hours of teaching and 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.

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 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.

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

"I found the course AMAZING"

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)


Drawing in isolation is a particular challenge. It's hard to stay motivated, think of subjects and without any feedback one can feel what is the point of it all. I find it makes a huge difference if I can interact with other artists - this can be 'live' in a class or group or online. Here are some suggestions of where you can find the support you need.
  • Attend a Class This is the season to sign up for a class. There are classes in every genre, plus classes that draw outside, draw from life or draw for a particular purpose such as animation. Most Art Schools offer part-time classes but also investigate Adult Education options and many museums offer short holiday or 1-day weekend classes and workshops.
  • Life Group Have a look for drop-in groups where there is no tuition but often a model. A good way of meeting others and getting experience of drawing from life without the cost of paying for tuition.
  • Find a Drawing Buddy If you have a friend who draws why not arrange to meet up with them on a regular basis to draw. You could go to each other's houses, meet in a cafe or museum or outside. Simply making an appointment to do something with someone else will increase the chance of you actually doing it.
  • Online Forums There are several online communities or groups where you can post your work, ask technical questions, get feedback etc. Each one has its own character so spend some time visiting to see which ones you feel most comfortable in. It's okay to 'lurk' for a while until you feel confident about posting. Ones I'd recommend are:
    Wet Canvas
    Artist Daily
    Everyday Matters
  • Flickr This photo-sharing website has groups of every kind where you can post your work and view work by others.
  • YouTube A good resource for videos of other artists sharing techniques or introducing their work.

You will probably have to experiment and try a few different options or groups before you find what you are looking for but do persevere. Speaking from experience, there is so much to learn from meeting up, talking and sharing with other artists. If you are worried about 'not being good enough' don't be - everyone started some time and youwill improve as long as you practice regularly!

Forthcoming Exhibitions

There are some great exhibitions coming to London in 2012 and booking is now open for:

LUCIEN FREUD at the National Portrait Gallery

Find out more here

DAVID HOCKNEY at the Royal Academy
Find out more here

Visit Learn to Draw Right on Facebook

Visit Learn to Draw Right on Facebook here
You can keep in touch by just becoming a Fan by clicking on the relevant button.

Also, there is now a DRAWING MATTERS FACEBOOK GROUP page you can join. This is interactive and like any group is only as good as its contributors so this is the place you can ask questions, answer other people's questions, share tips etc etc. here

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain USA

To find out about Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain courses run by Brian Bomeisler in the USA visit www.drawright.com

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Anna Black
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