I love teaching art as much as I love creating it. And my number one goal is to get kids trying out as many mediums and techniques as possible. I also like to dive into Art History and introduce some of the great artists from the past and explore different periods in art, such as the Renaissance, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Abstract-Expressionism, Pop Art, Post-Modernism and Contemporary Art.
Anyone can learn to draw! In my teaching, I have been heavily influenced by the book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards.
In this book it argues that the ability to draw is not an inborn talent or skill but a right brain function that all of us have access to. The problem is, our left-brains tend to be more bossy, and dominant, and so it can be a struggle to bypass the left side of the brain in order to tap into our right-brain. Those that can draw well simply know how to access the right side of the brain easily, which is the nonverbal, visual half. This is done by quieting the left side of the brain. There are several drawing techniques that can “quiet” the left side of the brain. These are techniques that require a job that the left-brain simply cannot do, and so it steps aside and allows the right-brain to take over. In class, we explore these techniques. Some projects that we do in class are more structured, and skill building. Other projects will be more creative, stylistic explorations.