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DRSB Workshop with Lisbeth Firmin, 1440 Multiversity, Santa Cruz, CA

  • 1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley, CA, 95066 United States (map)

Join artist Lisbeth Firmin, an accredited teacher for Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® (who was trained by Betty Edwards and worked with Brian Bomeisler), for a 5-Day DRSB Workshop at 1440 Multiversity, a retreat center in Scotts Valley—the beautiful mountain town outside Santa Cruz, California.  For more information and registration details, click HERE.

For many of us, drawing can be a mysterious or inaccessible process reserved for a “talented” few.  Dr. Betty Edwards’ best-selling book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain debunked this myth—anyone can learn how to draw, and draw well.

Ms. Firmin will lead “Seeing The World Around You,” an intensive immersion in demonstrations and studio exercises that pack a semester-long art course into five days.  You will develop the perceptual skills you need to draw with confidence, whether you are new to the medium or wish to expand your capabilities, all based on the groundbreaking work of Betty Edwards and using the techniques she developed.

In this workshop over 5 days, you will explore:

  • The relationship of drawing and creativity to specialized functions of the right- and left-brain hemispheres and to ways of connecting to a new way of seeing

  • A carefully sequenced process designed to unveil your ability to capture life as you see it, and strategies to produce skilled drawings

  • Tips on how to shift your perception and see light, depth, dimensions, and proportions to better capture what inspires you.

You will return home with a new, enhanced way of seeing the world around you and strategies you can continue to develop to capture what inspires you in ways you never thought possible.

November 17 - 22, 2019

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

  • Tuition

  • Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)

  • Shared or Private Accommodations

  • Signature classes and wellness offerings

Per-night per-person prices are $265 to $605, depending on accommodation choice.  Please Note: All packages are priced per person.  Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate.  Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.

For more details on the class, location, cost, and required materials, click here:  DRSB Workshop at 1440 Multiversity With Lisbeth FirminPlease note that you can only sign up for this workshop through the 1440 Multiversity website, not through DRSB.  With any questions, you can email Lisbeth at

Lisbeth Firmin has exhibited widely in galleries in the United States and abroad, and her work is included in private and public collections.  She also teaches printmaking and painting workshops at the University of North Carolina School of Arts and the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.  She has received numerous awards and grants, including a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and a New York State Council for the Arts Grant.  For images of Lisbeth’s work, visit her website here, at



1440 Multiversity is a place to experience time differently—exploring what matters to you, while surrounded by fresh air, delicious food, wellness classes, many ways to unwind, and opportunities to connect with yourself and others.  Whether you come for a program with world-renowned faculty or spend a weekend on campus taking 1440 specialty classes, you can look forward to the perfect blend of learning, vacation, and space for reflection.

The natural world has been an inspirational catalyst of wonder and creativity for 1440 since its inception.  It was while spending time in her garden that cofounder Joanie Kriens recognized the beauty of the moment she was in, and thought about all of the minutes available to experience the feeling of being fully alive.  That’s the inspiration for 1440.  Once Joanie and her husband Scott decided to co-found a place where people could stay and explore what’s most meaningful to them, this 75-acre campus became the clear choice because of its towering, ancient redwoods.