About Our Classes ‘The Art of Drawing’
The Art Classes and Courses are designed to take you step-by-step through a subject, allowing you to progress at your own pace. Most are suitable for absolute beginners and those wanting to re-learn the basics, with all courses recommended for artists wishing to improve their craft and add to their skill levels. If drawing is still new to you, or you haven’t tried it for some time, our courses will provide you with an introduction.
We focus on teaching in small groups to ensure that you feel welcome and receive sufficient attention in my courses. During these courses, participants will be guided to realise a more creative and personal approach to their artmaking, by challenging assumptions about both drawing and painting. Participants will be encouraged to examine how to start a drawing in inventive ways. Close attention will be paid to dealing with scale, form, line, tone, structure and colour. Each week, participants will work using pencil, charcoal, coloured pencil, pen and ink.
You’ll be taken on a personal journey, developing a distinctive voice through drawing as a language. Take a look at the drawing courses that we offer and begin your journey with our Art of Drawing. This allows you to get started with drawing, even if you have never picked up a pencil. This foundation drawing course will give you the best starting point to develop basic drawing skills, to explore different ways of using materials and tools, and to discover drawing as a pleasurable and inventive activity.
Art of Drawing teaches the group techniques, tips and tricks before time is spent with each person, helping you to improve and enjoy your own creativity. I like to encourage everyone to find their own signature style, so you feel inspired and confident to try out different
Classes for Beginners
Haven’t drawn a single line ever, yet the heart stands strong to be an artist? I’ll welcome you with determination, consistency, and practice to ensure that you see some results with just a few art classes.
We strictly follow the modules for the best learning and for refining the artist in you. During these few weeks, I will take you on a journey into art, a journey that begins with the basics and improves the skills to give you the confidence to face the next level of fine art.
Classes for Intermediates
If you are a person that feels restricted in your sketching and painting and unfortunately feel that you can’t progress further, yet are looking to fine tune the artist within and renew your passion, then this is what you need.
However, if you feel confident in your current competencies, but want to stretch yourself, then you are free to take a leap directly into the advanced session, where you will get the hands-on experience for furthering your painting techniques, whether in an acrylic or water colour medium.
So, what are you waiting for? Hurry along and walk into our next art class session.
Young Artists Classes for Children
Give your children the head start that they deserve with the Drawing for Children course from Art of Drawing.
This exciting introductory course is a fantastic way for young artists to learn drawing skills at an advanced level. With our help, they can develop their understanding of form, shade and composition before their peers, giving them a real boost before they head into secondary school.
Designed for Children of 7 years old and older, the course is an illustrated, step by step guide to basic drawing techniques. It’s a hands-on course, with plenty of exercises to keep them occupied, while gently coaxing them towards better ways to draw.
Watch with pride as their skills develop, and spend time together with activities that you can share. They’ll be engrossed from the very beginning, and along the way they’ll get the support of a professional artist.
How Pencil Can Inspire the Artist in You!
Sharpen your skills with these pencil drawing techniques, for both graphite and coloured pencils. These techniques will help you take your drawing skills to the next level, whether you’re using graphite pencils or coloured pencils.
For many artists, pencil drawing is the skill that introduced them to the art world, and even if you’ve moved on to a different medium, understanding how to draw with a pencil can help you improve your skills in other areas. These pencil drawing techniques cover everything from the basics of mark-making, to advanced processes that will push you out of your comfort zone.
We’ll also offer advice on the tools and materials you need to know, such as blending stumps, paper options, and different types of erasers.
Drawing has long been valued for its readiness to impart knowledge, express an idea, represent something observed, or conjure something up directly from our own invention.
The course covers the following:
- Shapes and Definition
- Colour and Shade
- Line Drawing
Art Enhances Brain Function and Well-Being
There is an increasing amount of scientific evidence that proves art enhances brain function. It has an impact on brain wave patterns and emotions, the nervous system, and can actually raise serotonin levels. Art can change a person’s outlook and the way they experience the world.
Throughout history, artists have known that art provides benefits for both the creator and viewer. Current studies in the fields of art therapy and other creative modalities confirm that art can affect individuals in positive ways by inducing both psychological and physiological healing. We know that, in general, exercising our creative selves enhances quality of life and nurtures overall well-being. We all are creative—not just a select few.
Neurological research shows that making art can improve cognitive functions by producing both new neural pathways and thicker, stronger dendrites. Thus, art enhances cognitive reserve, helping the brain actively compensate for pathology by using more efficient brain networks or alternative brain strategies. Making art or even viewing art causes the brain to continue to reshape, adapt, and restructure, thus expanding the potential to increase brain reserve capacity.
Actually, the aging brain responds well to art by allowing the brain’s two hemispheres to work more in tandem. This ability to use one’s creativity throughout a lifetime and the impact of crystallized intelligence gained from the years of accumulated knowledge and life experiences, help to cultivate the aging, creative brain.
You Don’t Need Talent to Be an Artist
Some people do have more of an inherent talent, or an aptitude, for art than others. But worrying about how much talent you do or don’t have is just a waste of energy.
Everyone can learn to master the techniques fundamental to good drawing and painting and everyone has the ability to improve their creativity. Having bucketfuls of ‘talent’ is no guarantee that you’ll be a good artist because it takes more than ability to be creative.
If you’re an artist there must be passion for what you do. Finding and creating what you love is central to the whole idea of being an artist. All the other secrets to success are completely irrelevant without the passion to create.
Seek out and learn from the best of those who have gone before you in the area of art you want to master. Artists, teachers, art dealers, etc – all can mentor you in different ways.
Develop a plan for creating new work and improving your craft and work the plan. That means many hours a day! It’s ok and healthy to be intense!