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Early bird discounts available for UK Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® courses
January 25, 2018

Book by January 30th to get £50 off the May 21-25th course in central London

Courses for next year's 5-day Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® workshops in the UK are filling up fast. Book early to take advantage of early bird discounts.

"What I really loved about the course was the gateway it opens up the other possibilities. Having been an artistic no-hoper all my life, within three days I felt very comfortable calling myself an artist because the evidence was right there in front of me in my drawings."

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.

Courses are held in central London and north Wales (you can find out more about courses in the USA and the rest of the world at the end of the newsletter). 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 2018 workshops

  • Become confident with light and dark Some tips on getting a good range of values in your drawing.

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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® Inc (


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), 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 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.

Find out dates for UK courses as well as early bird discounts here


You can 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)

Become confident with light and dark

Light and shadow creates mood and drama in your drawing and focusing on this often helps people move into the r-mode ‘zone’. Including a full range of values in your drawings will also add depth and make it more three-dimensional. When we are beginning we may be nervous of going too dark in case it’s wrong – take your time and build up your darks gradually – and remember – you always have an eraser to knock them back!

  • Use an angle poise lamp to direct light where you wish. This will create strong light and dark shapes to draw.
  • If you have laid a ground on your drawing remember that is your middle tone – your darks have to be a lot darker and your lights lighter to create a range of values.
  • Creating high contrast shadows will help you create a sense of 3-dimension to your drawing – you can draw the negative shapes of the lights and darks and the face will emerge for free.
  • Practice light and darks by drawing a value scale. This can be as simple as 3 boxes about an inch square. The first will be white – your lightest light which is the colour of the paper, the second will be your mid tone and the third will be the blackest black you can achieve. Go as black as you can – really go for it! As you get more confident, you can try a 6 step value range or even a 10 step.
  • Experiment with different types of pencil – they come in all ranges and get used to using a wide range of pencils in a drawing.
  • Experiment laying a ground of graphite or charcoal and going quite dark and then erase out the lights. You can always use black and white photos as inspiration or copy an old master drawing.
  • When you think you’ve finished your drawing, put it down and step back from it. Does it have a full range of values from light to dark? If not, go back and look at your subject and keep asking yourself ‘where is the lightest light? Where is the darkest dark?’ and work across your whole drawing in this way.
  • Look at other people’s drawings – particularly Old Master drawings – and notice the range of values used. Copy them.

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