Drawing: Techniques and Expression & Style – 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 to develop our drwaing style: technique can help us make the most of inspiration and surprises.
My wish is to help you to find your way to express yourself through drawing . Many artists do technically brilliant work but it lacks soul. If we wish our work to be personal as well as it helps very much to know the basic techniques but also to be ready to take a chance . Drawing skills also affect the mood of your picture, and your mood or state of mind affects the way you draw.
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.
You can spend a lifetime learning the “rules” of drawing. This class teaches techniques - but also fosters the love of drawing through relaxing and creative exercises. To be an artist means you have to draw a lot - we need fluency in techniques, and also to embrace the joy of drawing as often as we can.
I want to make it fun to learn to draw well!
I teach this class at the Pointe-Saint-Charles Art School.