I TEACH OBSERVATIONAL DRAWING. I teach what is called, ‘observational’ or ‘structural’ drawing. I facilitate a process where the student is able to understand the structure and form (the 3-dimensionality) of an object and draw it onto a 2-dimensional surface, such as a piece of paper. This may sound complicated, but it is not and my experience is that everyone whom I have guided has discovered their ability to draw in this way.
There are different reasons why a person wants to learn to draw. Each individual’s drawing needs are assessed through a discussion in an initial meeting, and a drawing programme is worked out in order address these needs. Many people wish to learn to draw simply for the sake of being able to enjoy the pleasure drawing. Either way, the drawing experience is always a pleasurable, satisfying and joyful one. I offer drawing tuition on an individual basis, as well as on a group basis.
“There is only one right way to learn to draw and that is a perfectly natural way. It has nothing to do with artifice or technique. It has nothing to do with aesthetics or conception. It has only to do with the act of correct observation, and by that I mean a physical contact with all sorts of objects through all the senses” – Kimon Nicolaïdes.
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PORTRAIT DRAWING: The skull, muscle and cartilage is under the skin of your face and forms an integral part of your face. You can feel the bone under the skin when you press around the orbits of the eyes, for example. So, it makes sense to look at and draw a skull first in order to understand what is under your skin. As a result, your portrait drawing will be far more informed and convincing. Alberto Giacometti is a very good example of an artist who draws portraits in this way.
ANATOMY STUDIES DRAWING: Studying the human anatomy involves observing it, and drawing it significantly enhances ones observation of it. I teach a specific drawing method which facilitates deep observation and memorisation of the anatomical part being studied. When you draw an object (such as a bone or an organ), you literally get to see more of its detail than you would have before you drew it. In addition, by drawing it, you remember what that object looks like long after you have drawn it. The ramifications for being a better medical practitioner are obvious if she or he have included drawing in their study of the different anatomical parts of the body.
“Let someone say of a doctor that he really knows his physiology or anatomy, that he is dynamic – these are real compliments; but if you say he is an observer, a man who really knows how to see, this is perhaps the greatest compliment one can make” – Jean-Martin Charcot.
The drawing method that I teach is called ‘structural’ or ‘observational’ drawing. In scientific terms, it can be referred to more specifically as the ‘haptico-visual drawing method’. This method crucially involves touch, in addition to looking. We gather a huge amount of information from an object when we explore it through touch, and this information becomes included in our drawing. Note that the muscles and nerves of the hand occupy a large area of the sensory motor cortex of the brain.
The purpose of this drawing technique is the increased perceptual understanding (ie observation) and memorisation of the form of an object.
This method of drawing involves the multi-sensory observation and simultaneous drawing of a 3-dimensional object, onto a 2-dimensional surface.
This method of observation through drawing significantly increases the drawers’ perceptual understanding of the 3-dimensional form of the object they are drawing. As a consequence, the cognitive memorisation of the form of the object takes place. After studying an object through drawing in this way, the drawer-observer is able to retrieve this information directly from their memory without looking at the object. In other words, the form of the object has been accurately observed and memorised.
University drawing course to increase observation and memorisation of gross anatomy and histology slides.
Video footage: Anatomy students observing by drawing.
Human heart study by observing and drawing the chambers.
Study of skeleton and wet specimens. Note the annotation of the drawings according to the illustrations in Gray’s Anatomy Atlas.
INDIVIDUAL TUITION: I enable a process where the student is able to understand the structure of an object and draw it convincingly. There are many reasons that a person wants to learn to draw. Each individual’s drawing needs are assessed through a discussion in an initial meeting, and a drawing programme is worked out in order address these needs.
GROUP DRAWING WORKSHOPS: These workshops cater to a maximum of 20 people and a minimum of 5.
For information about drawing tuition and workshops, please visit the About Tuition page.