Our teaching style isn’t what you’ll find in a conventional drawing class.
We are not going to set up a bunch of fruit on a table during your first private drawing lesson and tell you just to “draw what you see”. If you’re anything like Laurie was as a student, you can’t see what you need to see in order to draw!
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Anneke, age 9-10, From Left to Right: pear drawing in the first few lessons; color pencil pear, after about 6 months of lessons; graphite pear drawing 1.5 years into lessons; acrylic paint pears 1.5 years into lessons
The amazing thing is most people are capable of drawing fairly accurately, given actual step-by-step instructions.
The trick is, it takes thinking about things in a very different way than our language-based culture teaches us to think. It takes trial and error, so you have to be willing to draw badly at first in order to improve over time. Drawing takes a lot of problem solving, small motor skills and actually s-l-o-w-i-n-g down, being present enough to really LOOK at things. We are certain those are all GOOD practices to encourage in both our youngsters and ourselves! Everyone can improve in a short amount of time with the right guidance and persistence.
Cindy, adult student, after 2 years of lessons
Marianne, adult student, Final project in group class after 16 hours of instruction
“My son developed a love for art at an early age. I wanted to give him a chance to excel at something he loved. Finding Laurie was such a blessing. Not only is she talented in her own right, but she has a way of teaching that allows an individual’s creativity to bloom. Laurie has introduce several mediums to Jonah teaching him that art can be expressed in many different ways. She is able to keep Jonah consistently on task and has a sweet, kind demeanor.”
-Melissa, Occupational Therapist/Mom, private lessons for 3 years +
The first things we’ll cover in my Private Drawing Lessons are the absolute basics of how to make an accurate outline.
We will teach you about your art supplies so you know your tools intimately. Your first lessons include a discussion of very basic elements of drawing, such as pencil position, posture, the physical movements involved in drawing, and how to erase less. Each lesson will include a different classical drawing technique taught in art colleges across the country. A big difference you may notice with young kids who take lessons is that they will stop throwing paper away and starting over when they “mess up”. It is important to use our first inaccurate drawings to get one that eventually looks “right”, and we will teach you how to do that.
After we’ve completed your basic skill set training, we’ll work on more complex problems in your drawings.
This is where the rubber meets the road. At this point in your lessons, you get to select images you would love to draw and we help you problem solve your way through the drawing. In this stage, you are learning where, when and how to apply all the skills you’ve learned in your basic lessons. We will work with you as long as you wish, to ensure the lessons stick and you know how to apply everything you’ve learned in new drawing challenges.
Marianne, adult student, barn drawn during first private lessons after 18 hours of group classes
Jina, adult student, final project after 15 private lesson hours
Children ages 5 to 8 might take a different path than adults during my private lessons.
Some of the exercises will be the same for kids and adults, but to achieve successful results we’ve found that another approach works best for kids. From the time they can hold a crayon and have the inclination to make marks on the page, until about age 8 or 9, most kids are drawing “symbols” of their world. This symbolic drawing phase is important in a child’s language development and processing their experiences. Around the age of 8 (give or take a year or two, depending on the child), our brains develop a better understanding of spatial analysis. Right around that time, kids will often quit drawing because they realize what they are drawing on the page does not look like the three dimensional stuff they see in their world, but they don’t know how to translate the three dimensional world to the two dimensional page.
If we work with your child during their symbolic drawing phase, a fair number of the lessons might be altered, depending on the child’s ability to comprehend some of the more difficult exercises. We like to preserve each child’s feeling that their way of seeing their world and expressing it through drawing is beautiful, so it isn’t appropriate for us to teach a child in the symbolic phase all of the things that we would teach an older child or an adult. Older kids, ages 9 to 17 are usually quite comfortable with all the complexity of the adult exercises and often times they are eager to improve their drawing skills.
“I just wanted to let you know I asked Olivia yesterday how she liked her art lesson. She said, “I LOVE IT!” At dinner she chattered on and on about how you and she made the ceramic rattle…..every little detail. If you knew Olivia, you would be as surprised as we were about her excitement and love for what she was doing. Typically, she does not show much emotion about anything, even if she is proud, excited, or whatever. And, trying to get her to talk about something is VERY difficult. Anyway, it was so wonderful to see her so excited about something to the point she wanted to tell us all about it. Hope that lasts (and maybe spills over into the rest of her life).”
-Jan, mom of 3, private lessons for 1.5 years +
If you find yourself in the “I can’t draw, but it would be a dream come true if I could or I think I could draw with good instruction” situation, we are your solution.
Or maybe you can draw some things that look pretty good, but you would like to improve weak areas, gain skills more rapidly than you can teach yourself or gather more formal or technical skills in drawing. We can get you on the path to transforming your ability to see, so that you can draw, with much more confidence and success. Just give us a handful of hours and you’ll be surprised at the difference!
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