Ready to Draw
Learn to see, learn to draw.
A 12 week online drawing course
following the internationally esteemed book,
"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"
by Betty Edwards
6th January 2020
Early bird offer:
£225 - save £50!
(offer available until 1st December 2019)
Feeling limited by the "I can't draw" narrative? Ready to take your drawing to the next level by finally learning drawing techniques such as perspective, proportion, negative space and portraiture? Join the next Ready to Draw cohort -learn to draw in 12 weeks and unlock your hidden artistic talent.
This is a 12 week on line drawing course. We'll use the international, best selling book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards, as our course manual and tune into the creative, visual side of our brains – the right side. Using specific drawing techniques and exercises we’ll learn how to see shape, colour and form enabling us to draw with increasing accuracy and confidence. We'll cover portraits, landscapes and still life scenes. You’ll be amazed how in just a few weeks, you’ll start to be able to see more clearly and intuitively, and finally begin to gain the pleasure and satisfaction of being able to draw.
If you’ve been in the “I can’t draw” camp for a while now, you probably won’t believe it when people like me say “but everyone can draw”. The truth is: we can all draw. Up until the age of 7 or 8 drawing is something that comes as naturally to children as talking and walking. They don’t hesitate before picking up a felt tip pen or hover over the page nervously, they just get on and draw. OK, so the drawings are imaginative - they're not observational or photorealistic but they draw unselfconsciously and take pleasure in communicating and expressing themselves in this form. Around the age of 7 or 8 children start to claim that they “can’t draw” because they think their drawings look “childish” and anything that doesn’t look like a “proper house” or a “proper person” is suddenly dismissed. And many children give up on this form of communication and self-expression sometimes for the rest of their lives. They put drawing in a box labelled “things I cannot do, talents I do not possess, attributes I was not born with”. So many people still buy into the limiting mindset that people are either born good at drawing or they’re not. Let me set the record straight here: people who can draw were not born gifted, they did not come out of the womb possessing an innate talent or ability - the lucky few. They learnt how to see and they learnt how to draw and they practiced and practiced. Take Mozart or David Beckham for example - they didn’t just sit around all day saying “oh how lucky I am to be born with this innate skill” and then occasionally express it in a concert or football match. They were not born with a gift that only a lucky few possess - they had parents championing them from an early age, encouraging daily practice and through this they developed confidence and a will to succeed and express themselves as a composer or as a football player. The difference between these allegedly gifted people, the lucky few, and any other person is confidence - they believe they can learn and achieve and hone their skills through knowledge, practice, dedication and sacrifice and they do it, they don't give up - they learn and they improve and they build and hone their skills set year after year.
And it's the same for drawing: unless we are taught how to see and taught how to draw at the age of 7 or 8, when we become aware of how things "should" look on the page, we continue to hold this belief that we “can’t draw” and sadly most carry this belief right through to their graves. Very few people are lucky enough to have had teachers or parents who have encouraged and championed the skill of drawing in their children, very few adults recognize the value of being able to communicate visually. The impact that being able to say “Yes, I can draw” on a person’s level of confidence and self-esteem is something that is sadly overlooked by too many.
"Drawing used to be a civilised thing to do, like reading and writing.
It was taught in elementary schools. It was democratic.
It was a boon to happiness." (Michael Kimmelman)
But some, like me, will decide that actually if they can learn, they can draw and so they teach themselves to draw through books, they take courses or find tutors and they practice and practice until it does become as easy and natural a form of self-expression and communication as talking.
It’s never too late to learn how to draw. Drawing is a form of communication, it’s a form of innate human expression – we only have to look at the cave paintings to remember that drawing has always been there, right from the beginning - humans could draw before they could talk.
Drawing is something we can all learn and gain pleasure and confidence from.
The thing with drawing is that it’s not just about being able to do a “good drawing”. It’s so, so much more than that. For me, drawing has become my most faithful companion in life, it comes everywhere with me and has travelled the world with me. It’s always there whenever I need it, when I’m feeling overwhelmed and need to find that “still point in the turning world” (TS Elliot), I draw. It’s there when I’m bored or have some time to kill. It helps me to connect with myself and the world around me. It helps me to communicate in times when finding the words feel like too much effort. It brings joy, expression, variety and confidence to my world.
Being able to draw opens so many avenues for creative self-expression – drawing is the bedrock of the artistic process. I guarantee that most visual images you see today will have started with a drawing of some sort. So imagine having that skill, that companion, that best friend, a shared language beyond words, being able to express your unique self on the page, in the dirt, on the screen – wherever and whatever you are in the world drawing will always be there bringing joy and connection to your life.
This course isn’t for people who think they can already draw. This is for people who are willing and ready to overcome their limiting self-beliefs, to challenge that inner critic, to quieten the "I can't draw" narrative and learn how to see and how to draw.
So what's my drawing story?
In August 1998, I’d finished my A-levels and decided to take a gap year before going to University. One of my intentions in this year was to finally learn some of the things I’d always wanted to learn but was never been taught in school, namely - how to draw. With a long summer holiday in rural Wales stretching before me, I set about following the exercises in the book, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards, and taught myself how to draw. In December that year I went to Nepal and my newly acquired skill of being able to draw became my most valued travel companion. On return, it was the drawings, sketches and paintings that brought back the most vivid memories from that experience – not the photos I’d taken. And still, over 20 years later, when I look at those sketchbooks, the moments, the people, the places, the smells from those drawings come flooding back. So, over the years drawing has become more than just a skill to me, it’s become a language, a faithful friend, a refuge; when life reminds of its impermanent nature, drawing remains; it’s my daily meditation and it’s become an avenue through which I now earn my living. In its most literal sense – drawing is my life line.
Why learn with me?
With over 20 years drawing experience, 15 years of teaching experience a qualified coach with nearly 200 hours of group and individual coaching experience and having planned and delivered 6 successful online courses in the past 18 months - you'll be in safe hands. Drawing is my passion, my vocation. When people ask me what is the best thing about being an artist and tutor, what is your "why?" in your work, I realise that it's always when one of my students is able to access the joy that comes from unlocking their innate creativity - creativity brings joy and there is no greater sense of purpose for me than unlocking the joy in people's lives.
What other's say:
What was the best thing about taking part in the 30 day drawing challenge?
"It was a wonderful experience that taught me many things: about drawing, about community, and about me. I’m deeply grateful to you, Marigold, for making this happen, and to you all for sharing so freely and openheartedly."
"It was so fun! Thanks to everyone for sharing their talents- Facebook has never been so interesting! Looking forward to keeping drawing."
"What an enjoyable challenge. Thank you everyone for sharing your work. My Facebook page has never been so enjoyable to scroll through."
"It was so much fun, and so incredibly uplifting and motivating."
Features and benefits:
Learn to draw in just 12 weeks Following a clearly structured program written by an internationally renowned drawing expert, Betty Davis, you'll move from "I can't draw" to "oh I think that might be quite good actually!" in just 12 weeks.
Learn online earn from the comfort of your own home, no trekking across town to get to an evening class, no cold rooms or uncomfortable chairs, no fluorescent strip lighting or tea in polystyrene cups so often found in adult education centres. Learn to draw surrounded by all your home comforts, in your favourite chair with an endless supply of tea, just how you like it.
Be part of a group - Choosing to learn as part of a group really helps to ensure that you finish what you started out to do – learn to draw. Take away that option of shelving your learning or putting it aside for another day, week, month, year. Be part of a group of committed learners. Embark on this learning journey as part of a group of like-minded people all wanting to learn to draw at different stages in their lives. Cheer each other on through the ups and the downs of the learning process making sure you don’t get left behind.
Learn from an actual book! Yes, we’ll actually be learning from an old-fashioned book! There’ll be that real learning from a manual based on decades of scientific research about how to access the creative, visual side of the brain. So you can take the book with you to work and read it in your lunch hour or on your commute. Ah the pleasure of actually reading an actual book.
Be part of a thriving online community Be part of a thriving, friendly and supportive community of people all in the same boat experiencing the same ups and downs along the way. Remove the isolation of online learning and connect with a group of like-minded people. You never know - you might end up arranging a real-life meet-up and gain a new friend for life!
Get the accountability you need We all know that the act of buying an online course doesn’t mean we’ll ever actually do the online course, if you’re anything like me I rarely get past the first lesson. We’ve all got those unfinished, or even un started online courses festering in our inbox. The difference with this online learning experience is that you’ll have the accountability you need to get you past the first lesson, to move you through that dip in motivation once the initial excitement has worn off. Accountability from me and accountability from being part of a group will make sure you go from purchase point to finish line and actually learn the skills you intended to learn.
Expert tuition As a former headteacher, with an depth knowledge of drawing, learning and the creative process, you’ll be in safe hands, I’ll make sure you stay on track and achieve the outcome you want.
Live sessions Online learning can feel a bit remote and disconnected but with the biweekly live group sessions where we’ll be checking in on our progress and development and exploring any common themes that arise in the group, you’ll get the chance to meet the people in the group not just in the private Facebook group but “face to face” in the live Zoom calls. There’s nothing like being among fellow students for getting that sense of camaraderie and human connection that we all need and crave from the learning experience. Let’s face it, most of us only liked school because we got to play with our friends!
Weekly email check-ins Stay on track with the weekly accountability emails and check ins – each week you’ll know exactly what needs to be done and receive tips and check-ins to help you stay on track throughout the course. Receive weekly clear steering and guidance through this 12 week learning experience, always knowing where you should be, what needs to be done and by when.
Weekly homework and submission deadlines Ooh there’s nothing like a deadline to make sure you finish that chapter and do those exercises. Each week there’ll be a homework submission deadline in the Facebook Group – you‘ll be asked to submit your efforts from the weekly chapters in the group as another much needed accountability method. Let’s face it, if we didn’t have a homework deadlines at school we wouldn’t have submitted or achieved much relying solely on self-motivation.
Learn to draw for just £275!
Early bird offer £225 - save £50!
(offer available until 12pm December 1st 2019)
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