Essential Drawing Foundations – Autumn 2019
“It makes you think in a different way about drawing.”
It was a joy teaching the Essential Drawing Foundations course as it always allows me to revisit the inspirational teachings of Heather Spears, in this course that I have adapted from her book The Creative Eye. When I read her book in 2011 it changed my attitude, understanding and method of drawing forever and I always hope my students have an equally profund experience as they learn some of Heather’s ideas and drawing techniques that I have adapted for this course. As Vicky commented after the course “it makes you think in a different way about drawing.” I really hope this is true – but read further to find out what the other students thought.
“Intriguing and challenging – makes you think in a different way about drawing.”
“Challenging, interesting and absorbing. I have learnt to see differently – I hope I can hold onto that! I love sinking into the art – time passes so quickly and absorbing.”
“Personally I found it a great way to relax and escape day to day life. A lovely new experience, especially as a longtime out of education.” My course highlight was the “different ways of drawing than those learnt at college.”
“The course has broadened my experience of drawing and how to go about it – shift from line outlines to start a drawing to build up volume and shapes.”
“For a beginner or someone taking up drawing after a long gap – great for confidence and making you look at things afresh. Great for rekindling enthusiasm and to move away from pre-conceived ideas of what a drawing is.” My course highlights were that “I probably enjoyed the first two sessions the most, was less worried about what the finished drawing looked like. I liked the way each class built on the previous one.” All in all, really glad I came on the course.”
“A journey into different ways and forms of drawing – exploring form. I have learned to look at things more inquisitively and explore different ways of drawing.”
“Makes you think how to draw objects differently from the normal. I have learnt shading from centres to the edges to make pictures look for 3D.” My course highlight was “to see how (in my eyes) I felt I got more knowledge of drawing each week.”
“This course takes us beyond all the preconceptions we have from starting a drawing through to questioning and thinking about mass, volume, etc. without resorting to outlines. I have loved every course I’ve attended and have no hesitation in recommending them all.”
“Really interesting, introduced a lot of new ideas about art and the ways we think about creating. Learned interesting techniques for seeing and drawing. Would recommend if you are feeling a bit stuck creatively – great for freeing up your mind and the creative juices.” My course highlights “were the techniques learned – particularly the contour lines like a wire model – has been very helpful in drawing things I would not have been too intimidated to try before.