Hello, just squeezing in a September Newsletter (well it would have if it had gone out yesterday as it was supposed to!). Sorry it's a bit later than usual. Although UK courses for 2009 are now finished I'll be announcing dates for spring 2010 in due course. Depending on the time of the month when the email goes out, those on the mailing list often get a head start on booking so if you want to be one of them please contact me to be added to the mailing list. 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 Betty Edwards. This includes links for viewing a slideshow of participants' work and reading course feedback.

  • We're on Facebook Learn to Draw Right now has a page on Facebook so drop and see what's there...

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

  • Virtual Life Class British artist, Humphrey Ocean R.A. shares some drawing tips.

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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 2010

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!

There will be no more courses in the UK this year but I'll be announcing dates for 2010 shortly. Courses will be in central London (non-residential) and also as residential in North Wales.

If you are interested in courses in the United States with Brian Bomeisler, there are still courses here for 2009 so 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

"Overall I would rate 10 out of 10 for the whole experience. I have learnt 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 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)

Visit Me on Facebook!

Learn to Draw Right now has a facebook page. I've been looking at ways I can stay in touch more frequently and so here I'll be announcing course dates,posting photographs and drawings plus any other relevant information that maybe comes up between newsletters or isn't really appropriate for the newsletter.

I've posted quite a few student drawings plus class photographs so if you want to have a look do stop by.

Visit the Learn to Draw Right on Facebook here

You can keep in touch by just becoming a Fan by clicking on the relevant button.

Hope to see you there!

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.

The group is in its infancy so don't be shy... Facebook is free to join and you can visit the group here

Virtual Life Class: Humphrey Ocean R.A.

Humphrey Ocean R.A. is a British artist with many of his works held at the National Portrait Gallery, London. He is visiting Professor of Drawing and Painting at Camberwell School of Art, London. Here are his thoughts, tips and advice on drawing from the recent Channel 4 Life Class tv programme.
  • The Process Move in quite close... Start by drawing what interests you most. When doing portraits avoid rushing to make it look recognisable as a face. All you have to do is paint exactly what you see. Don’t worry about catching a likeness. If you try too hard it won’t happen. Draw each thing as if you mean it; just sit ... look ...and take your time.
  • Relationships Early on establish the halfway point between the left hand and right hand side of the face. Drawing is always about checking relationships – looking and checking to see how each point relates to another. Vertical and horizontal relationships are critical and noticing these will open up doors. These relationships will tell you where something is in the wrong place and where it should be moved to. It’s as simple as that.
    Checking relationships is not about style – it’s not about making you less of a rebel. Relationships tell us an awful lot about what is going on along any horizontal or vertical. If you get those kinds of mathematical things going on in your brain it will free you up. You can flow a bit with your pencil and enjoy what you are looking at.
  • Naming or labelling Naming the parts of the body you are drawing can cause difficulties. It is too emotive. We end up drawing our idea of a nose rather than what we see in front of us. Suddenly it’s not a nose and the name does not help, it is a hindrance. It stops us looking. “I know a nose – it’s No. 5 in the How to Draw Book” but actually it can be a pack of lies. You will draw a better nose if you forget about what it is and just draw what is in front of you.
  • Mistakes If you get it wrong it doesn’t matter. You can move a line. You are human – the model is human. Don’t be afraid to change your drawing rather than trying to force your drawing into your first perception/rendering of events. This is when most problems occur. You learn by your mistakes.
  • Vary what you draw. Drawing a person is quite intense so in between draw things that don’t talk back but ideally once a week draw something that will have an opinion about your drawing and then you have to learn to disregard that opinion (which is tricky too!).
and finally, often people want to rush to “get to drawing a good bit”. Every shape you draw is worth taking time over. Every bit is a good bit – not a rush to get somewhere else.

John Berger, artist and writer, shares his thoughts on life drawing.

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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