Art Teaching

Drawing: Techniques and Expression – Let the Hand Do What the Eye Likes.

A picture is worth a thousand words

To draw well, we need to know what we are doing and expect the unexpected. We need both techniques and expression: technique can help us make the most of inspiration and surprises. 

There is a theory of right brain and left brain drawing in which we use different sides or aspects of our brains for to react and process information. Another view is that right brain activity is task positive (learning, sticking to a task, mastering techniques, problem solving) and left brain activity is task negative (daydreams, memories, fantasies, unrelated thoughts…the “resting brain”). Yet another, and more scientific, way of thinking of it is that the right hemisphere with its capacity for taking a broad view -  making and understanding symbols and metaphor guides the more task-focused right hemisphere, and that we need to use both sides of the brain for any successful engagement with the world. It is my observation and feeling that we need both for successful, beautiful, expressive drawings. 

I teach this class at the Pointe-Saint-Charles Art School


Some Class Demos


My wish is to help you to find your way to express yourself through drawing and enjoy the confidence that comes from acquiring a skill.

Many artists do technically brilliant work but it lacks soul. If we wish our work to be personal and interesting as well as accomplished, it helps very much to know the basic techniques but also to be ready to take a chance. Drawing skills affect the mood of your picture, and your mood or state of mind affects the way you draw. 

A great way to improve your drawing and painting is to copy great artists. Click here to see my ongoing project, Imitatio.