Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - 5 days
<_x0031_2>$1600 - portfolio of drawing materials included
Thousands of students have taken this course, based on the work
of Dr. Betty Edwards. We continue to have tremendous success in teaching
people to draw and paint, as well as helping to build their levels of
artistic confidence and creativity. By the end of this 5 day workshop you
will see a remarkable change in your drawing skills.
are held for 5 consecutive days from 9:30am to 5:30pm with 1 hour lunchbreak.
Each day begins with a lecture on one of the five skills needed
to draw any perceived object, person or place. After the lecture students do
drawing exercises for the remainder of the morning through the afternoon with
my guidance. The day ends with a critique of the day's work.
We learn the five skills needed to draw any perceived object, person or
place. These perceptual skills are:
--The perception of edges using pure or blind contour drawing.
perception of spaces using negative space.
perception of angles and relationships using the skill of sighting.
perception of lights and shadows using the skill of light logic.
perception of the Gestaltor whole which comes from the previous four
--Day One starts with a lecture on the principles of brain
hemisphere management, followed by students copying a Picasso drawing
upside-down. This exercise gives the brain a task that the left hemisphere
will turn down and the drawings will therefore be perceptual rather than
symbolic. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is all about turning off
the left hemisphere or giving the brain a task that the left hemisphere
cannot do therefore allowing the right perceptual side of the brain to take
over. Later in the day we experiment with blind contour drawings to enable
us to slow down our vision and tap into the right hemisphere.
--Day Two starts with a lecture discussing the use of the picture
plane followed by a detailed drawing of our hand. This exercise, with the
use of the flattened picture plane, teaches students to draw a three
dimensional subject on a two dimensional surface. In the afternoon, a
lecture on negative space followed by a drawing of a chair done strictly in
negative space, teaches the right brain to look at the spaces between objects
to render the drawing rather than drawing the lines of the object.
starts with a lecture on the skill of sighting followed by a drawing of a
room corner or, weather permitting a drawing outside. This learning is also
called perspective and proportion. The skill of sighting is crucial to
observation because every drawing is about the relationships between objects,
angles and shapes.
begins with a lecture on the proportions of the head in profile, followed by
a drawing of a fellow student in profile. The key learning for this day is
turning off the verbal left hemisphere and its desire to make symbolic
associations. One student draws for 20 minutes while another poses and visa
versa for the afternoon.
starts with a discussion of light logic, also known as light and shadow. We
learn a shading technique called cross hatching and the value scale of light
to dark, which allows for the rendering of dramatic light and shadow within
a drawing. We examine the proportions of the full faced head in preparation
for the days drawing. Using grounded paper, all the perceptual skills we
have learnt so far, and by looking for the shapes of the lights and shadow
(negative space), students learn to use their eraser as a drawing tool
together with the pencil.
Each day, a lecture and demonstration precede the workshop drawing exercise.
Although it may seem that our instruction concentrates heavily on
portraiture; this being the most difficult subject it incorporates all the
drawing skills needed to draw accurately, and once learned can be used to
render any other subject: object, person or place. During the last three
days students work on one drawing for 4 to 6 hours. We often hear comments
like, "I can't believe it's 5 o'clock, feels like noon." In other
words, it is easy to loose track of time while in the drawing mode.