Summer Drawing Club starts now!

Summer Drawing Club starts now! June 17, 2014

Sorry for the slow start, everyone! We are still in school, because we had so many snow days this year. I did get my book, and some of my kids (ages 14, 13, and 8) have agreed to join me. Lots of readers are planning to participate! I’m really excited.

Here’s a recap: a bunch of us are going to go through the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain to beef up our drawing and looking skills. The idea is that, while some people have a natural, inborn talent, just about anyone can learn to be a competent artist. People who follow this course typically see dramatic improvement in their drawing skills. Here are some “before and after” examples from the book:

 

It’s not a gimmick; it’s just system for learning how to think in a new way about what you see.  (There is a workbook available, but it covers the same material as the book, and it is not necessary to buy both. I have only bought the book.)

Every week, I’ll post pictures of our drawing results, and I will set up a blog link-up thingy, so anyone who wants to join in can provide a quick link to his blog (or Tumblr, or Flickr, or any other image hosting site), and we can all see each other’s pics — kind of a virtual drawing club. LOW PRESSURE. FUN. This is just meant to be a pleasant change from the things we spend our time thinking and doing every day. No criticism, just encouragement!

So, there is still time to order your book, if you would like to join in.

You don’t need expensive, professional materials – just regular paper, pencil and eraser will be fine. The first lesson includes a self-portrait, so you will need a wall mirror and a hard surface to draw on.

Read through the introduction and first chapter, and then do the exercises in chapter two. It says it will take about an hour to do all three drawings. Don’t worry about being a super duper artist! The point of these first drawings is to leap in, and to give yourself something to compare your later work to.

The first Summer Drawing Club Link-Up will be next Tuesday, June 24. I hope you can join us!

 

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  • Jennifer V.

    I’m in! My 7year old will be doing this too, and maybe the 9 year old. Very excited.

    • simchafisher

      Great! I was just reading through the first few chapters, and realized that, while the introduction is interesting and explains why and how she wrote the book, it’s not essential. A lot of the information is presented again in chapter one. I would definitely read chapter one (which is all words, no drawing exercises), though, because it explains what we are hoping to achieve as we go through the course.

  • Kate Cousino

    I’ve only got the workbook. I’m hoping the exercises are the same as the regular book. I’ve already attempted the self-portrait and hand drawings.

  • Elaine

    w00t! w00t! Going to see if my 8 year old will join me.

  • Sara McD

    I found a Youtube video to watch while I wait for my book to arrive. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctkRwRDdajo

  • $9927890

    Looking at the video, I thought, ‘Mrs Brady is holding up pretty well after all these years!’

    I never knew she was a drawing teacher, but it kind of makes sense, with an architect husband.

  • $9927890

    Malware ate my soundcard, so I’m watching with the captions on. I’m familiar with the book, so I understand what she means when she says that people gave up drawing because they ‘couldn’t make things LURK right.’

    This video is going to be fun!