JUST BEGIN – A Drawing Workshop
A “beginner’s mind” approach to reconnect your hand to the material world. In other words, put the phone down, pick up a pencil and start doodling.
This workshop (an email course delivered over 4 Sundays with mid-week check-ins) will show up in your inbox as an invitation to pick up your pen instead of your phone* and draw! (*other than the implicit irony of the delivery method:)
ON SUMMER BREAK. The next course will begin in mid-September. You can register at anytime.
The focus will be on:
- Basic Drawing Skills
- Line Drawing
- Appreciating Ordinary Objects
- Using up existing materials
- The Power of Doodling
- Negative Space (on paper and in your head)
- The power of taking 15 minutes a day to still your mind….
Is This Course For You / Not For You?
GOOD FIT if
- Are looking to develop a simple creative practice
- Want to have fun drawing ordinary objects around your house
- Haven’t picked up a pen or pencil to draw since your were either a wee slip of a lass or laddie
OR like me, you did go to art school, but you haven’t picked up a pen in a significantly long time, being digitally orientated… or you didn’t even take any basic drawing courses at school.
Likely NOT a good fit if
- You are already an Expert 🙂
- You already have an active drawing practice.
- You don’t have 15 minutes (or more) every other day to dedicate to this.
- You want to learn to draw a ‘perfect‘ eye, or car, or daffodil.
- You want a face to face experience. (Workshops may be offered in the Fall of 2019)
Materials / Requirements
TIME: Clear your schedule to dedicate 4 x 15 minute blocks per week (suggest M/W/F and Sunday as each new unit will be delivered on Sunday)
ACCOUNTABILITY: You will send me your drawings (a quick snapshot, this is NOT a portfolio review), to share, to pat yourself on the back, to prove to yourself (and me) that you did it. I will provide brief encouraging feedback. This is not art school. No inner meanie girl/dude/… voices allowed.
MATERIALS: A pen, a pencil, some paper. If you want to treat yourself, by all means, do buy a beautiful sketchbook and pencils/pens from your local art shop. But also be open to using backs of envelopes and the like:)
RECAP: I will introduce some techniques to help you improve your skillset, learn to see, and hopefully reclaim some of the creative spirit you were basically born with (!)
Overall, the focus is on the pleasure of drawing, getting some of your creative mojo going, and having fun!
Sharpen your pencils:)
[Note: when you purchase, you need to have that little box checked – the one that asks you about getting news etc, that allows me to send you emails. Thanks]
Deanne Achong is a visual / media artist based in Vancouver, BC. She has been drawing her phone and its accessories every day for the last ~250+ days and has found it to re-open her way of seeing the world. She also loves to draw cats (a secret vice). She has an MFA from UBC and has taught media and drawing courses at ECUAD and other institutions. Follow her on instagram @piquette
Dare to Draw is the perfect mix of structured and relaxed.
letting you choose your own days and times to draw, but holding you accountable for doing it regularly. Deanne’s teaching style makes you feel like you are hanging out with an artist friend who is giving you her best drawing tips, yet the lessons and techniques she teaches are classic and effective. She is encouraging and supportive, and shares much of her own process in each weekly lesson. She teaches you to see and be playful, and insists you keep putting your pencil to the page without fear or hesitation—just what a beginner needs. Plus, it’s just really fun! It’s a great value for the money, and I highly recommend it.”Janeen A.
[All prices shown in US dollars]
DISCLAIMER: This is an online course delivered via email, with a structured outline of tasks, instructions delivered every Sunday for 4 weeks. I look forward to to seeing your drawings and will provide some commentary, I will not be providing a portfolio style review (like so you can get into art school), or any extensive reviews. Perhaps in Phase II:)