TEACHING

HOW THIS ALL BEGAN

Throughout the years I developed a system of teaching drawing but really never had a name for it.  It developed because I was teaching at the community learning level just to gain the classroom experience.  It wasn’t until I watched Ratatouille with my grand kids and saw how Chef Gusteau believed that, “anyone can cook!” that I understood my true teaching philosophy.  Why wouldn’t the same hold true for drawing and that’s how this all came about.

I didn’t call my system Anyone Can Draw, because as a marketer, I knew it was too generic a term to properly protect.  Google “anyone can draw!” and you’ll see what I mean.  Right now I’m referring to my system or method or technique as – Draw? You Can!   It was borrowed from another movie character and is directed at the aspiring student whereas Gusteau’s inspired slogan is directed at everyone.

To a lot of people, drawing is one of those things.  It both fascinates and terrifies them.  Drawing represents a combination of emotions ranging from fear, urgency and doubt to the feelings of fulfillment, accomplishment and satisfaction.  Why?  Maybe it’s because it represents both a possibility and failure.  Many people just assume they cannot be successful at drawing.  They believe they weren’t born with the prerequisite natural talent.  Others assume drawing must be fun and, so equate learning to draw as simple and easy if it’s fun – yes, it should be easy.

The pessimists are wrong.  The optimists aren’t totally correct either.  Drawing was once used for survival and for magic.  It’s deeply ingrained in our species’ consciousness.  It’s one of the first things we learn to do for ourselves.  Give a kid a sheet of paper and a crayon and watch what happens.  You might also notice how the drawings evolve as the child learns, matures and grows.  So, how could I simply teach drawing to those who really want to learn.

Yeah, you really have to want to learn.  The emotional reason why anyone may like to draw is that it makes them feel good. It’s great therapy. All warm and fuzzy feelings aside, drawing has a very rational and practical purpose. Actually, it’s learning to draw that is the practical part.

Learning to draw involves intense progressive commitment to learning.  Learning to draw is a process.  My method or process is about eliminating all precepts, concepts and illusions of what you may already know.  Therefore, in a class with beginners and those who’ve enjoyed doodling for some time –  all will be taken down to one unified level.  Once the taking down is achieved, everyone begins anew.  Please read the other posts in this tab and let me know what you think.

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