The workshop changed my way of seeing and drawing by focusing more on looking at and understanding the structure of the object, rather than focussing on a 'finished' drawing. I thoroughly enjoyed these two evenings of drawing: the simple instruction and the freedom to express made a huge impact on my way of seeing and drawing. Thank you Leonard.
In addition to being fun and relaxing, Leonard’s course has given me a different view on drawing – one which transcends ‘normal’ ideas and embraces thinking in squiggly lines. It’s great to lose control and just let go. The content was great, environment and tools were fantastic, as was the training.
Well structured in terms of intro, exercises, feedback, chat. Open, non-threatening and supportive. Sense of anybody being able to achieve: understanding, a unique and personal drawing style. Like the idea of seeing looseness as a positive attribute.
It was very helpful for me as someone who has never drawn before. The space he created was very non-threatening for novices. I liked the discipline of having to look at one object for the two days as he encouraged us to really look and one could feel and see one’s progress. The way the course was structured using different mediums, was great for a first time drawer. Thank you! Well worth attending and would certainly attend another.
I really enjoyed coming to Leonard Shapiro’s drawing course. The different exercises and mediums with which we worked were surprising and fun. Leonard has a very attentive and pleasant manner. He has a knack for engaging everyone and making everyone feel relaxed. I think this is partly because he doesn’t brandish any jargon. He simply tells you what to do and allows you to get on with it. I will definitely come to any creative class again.
It has been great. Helped me to change my mindset and be more daring and bold. Leonard has a great way of teaching and making one get in touch with yourself. It would be nice to work with colours and paint as well. The workshop taught me to be much more aware of everything around me and to see more three dimensionally. I hope there will be similar workshops.
The course has been great. It’s helped open me up to be inspired by everything and look at the world around me in a very different way; more creatively especially the pattern design workshop. It showed me how to create something new out of what already exists.
The drawing has helped me a lot to understand shape and form and the process of getting to “know” objects by using your senses even before putting pencil to paper. It helped me understand my drawing style and taught me to accept it as my own unique way of interpreting and reproducing an object rather than being confined to the pressure of producing a realistic/exact/perfect replica of it. It’s been a very freeing experience, allowing me to step out of my set ways.
The interaction with others in the workshop has also been wonderful. We’ve shared ideas and contacts and the atmosphere in the workshop is very positive and encouraging.
Leonard is a wonderful facilitator and is able to motivate you and help you discover your own talents.
I love Leonard’s approach to his drawing lesson. I have had several drawing lessons in the past and I find pencil drawing lessons can be rather dull. Leonard has pushed me to be a lot more free in my approach to art and to “see” more in everyday life.
I have enjoyed the group participation and I spend most of my days as an artist working on my own. Each of Leonard’s lessons have been fun, exciting and challenging to “break out” of my very tight mindset. I feel that I am able to more freely and with a much more “expanded vision” of where I want to take my art.
Leonard is truly passionate in what he does and passes his “energy” on to his students. Thank you for the most interesting and knowledgeable lecturer.
Inspired by being with like-minded people. Great to give input into the drawing of others. Look at things around me differently and ideas flow. To be creative has no limits.
If you want to see with your eyes fully, you need to use your hands as well.
Thank you. A wonderful workshop. I feel that I have learnt to observe and as a result to draw. The beginning of a journey I hope.
The workshop made me think about the act of drawing in a different way – to draw what one feels rather than what one sees. To get the structure onto the page by feeling it onto the page.
Thanks for a fun, different experience! Lovely to think about using a pencil in a radically different way.
Great workshop. I enjoyed learning new techniques. It was a fun experience and I look forward ti incorporating this approach into my drawings.
I really benefitted from this course. In future I will look at an object with different eyes.
Found the workshop very interesting. It made me aware of how it can be quite therapeutic at times as well as frustrating. Thank you so much Leonard. PS. Will be back for next workshop!
I truly enjoyed the workshop. I didn’t have any specific expectations and was just curious about the format of such workshops and wanted to enjoy the time drawing. I do not have much inspiration for ideas so this type of group guided activity is best for me. I also learned something new about my own style and will experiment with it in my own time.
It was awesome!!
This workshop was really amazing!! It has changed the way I draw completely. I really am so inspired to get back into drawing. It will also make me start to teach art differently. Thank you for this! I would do it again anytime!
It was an amazing experience! Learning to let go and trust in yourself was something new. What I enjoyed most was using the charcoal and eraser in combination. I have definitely learned a new skill and my passion for art has been re-ignited. Thank you so much.
It feels like I have stopped and given my attention to something so completely and so happily for a very long time. It has been extremely refreshing and hugely beneficial for me to take these new ideas (of how to teach drawing without resorting to ‘mechanical’ formulae) to the classroom. Thank you.
I have learnt that I need to connect with an object with more than just one sense, to allow a complete and detailed expression of it.
Everyone can draw, but it’s just a matter of letting the connection of the eye and the hand take charge, uninterrupted.
This workshop challenged my ideas of what drawing is. I learned to look more carefully at an object. I learned a technique of holding a pencil which allows me more freedom of movement rather that a controlled finger and wrist movement. Drawing is more in the eye than in the hand. Relax, enjoy, see and feel.
Yippeee, Yahoo! Fun times. Learn’t to look, see, draw! Thanx.
Since I’ve started doing this drawing course I’ve learned that if you draw you don’t have to be really serious and “accurate”. Just by looking at your object you can just keep your eyes on the object and trust yourself that what you put on paper is right without looking at the paper all the time.
The other thing I learned is that you don’t have to start of being accurate and you can correct all the things you’ve missed the first time.
I also learned that by drawing faster without thinking too much you can catch the object accurately.
I learned to think much further than I ever used to. Observing other student’s drawings gave me ideas on how far one can extend your creativity and there is actually no end in what one can achieve.
I really enjoyed the first day of the workshop. The technique learned was very helpful, especially by feeling the object and not look at it and then drawing it onto the paper, helps to break loose old habits. The second day of the workshop was good to practice the previous night’s skills. I also learned to use different instruments to draw with and this created different effects.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thanks for all the tips!
I learned to represent in drawing what I observe and to give an impression of the structure of the object...without emphasising tone. I learned the effect of observation through touch. I learned to retrieve observed information about the structure of the object. I learned from my fellow participants. I learned to be patient in my observation in order to improve my drawing.
I felt that the drawing course has really brought my drawing skills much to the fore. In the past I was not very confident about how to draw the form of an object but Leonard really made this look simple and this feature showed up through my drawing. Also, dealing with a new medium of the charcoal drawing was quite new to me. Working as a team was very exciting because here we had to introduce 3 different patterns and make a new pattern together. The process was very fascinating to me. My co-ordinating skills really showed here. Also, to listen and learn and feed off other people makes for a so much better and unique pattern or design. Leonard’s workshop really works because in my work I really need to push the envelope and this workshop has brought back more confidence to me.
I’m quite happy because I have learned a lot. The course helped me to be more assertive. It gave me new ideas to make use of everything you see around you. I enjoyed interacting with the people in the group. It made me more aware of my surroundings and made me respect the others view of how they express themselves.
It has been extremely nice to draw again! Completely engaged myself with trying to recreate this object on paper. I loved the feeling of being able to get quite a descriptive image of the pliers in such a short space of time. The quick gestural drawings I particularly enjoyed. If I had sat down and tried to draw the pliers from scratch, that would have been my previous idea of drawing. But it is a whole process of understanding the form of the object! I’ve learnt so much and it was a relaxing, enriching way to spend my time. I certainly want to draw more in the future!
I’m so glad that I joined this workshop. I have thoroughly enjoyed this drawing experience. Leonard’s method of teaching is inspiring and motivating. I have experienced and learned a drawing method which I have not had from any of my drawing classes previously.
I enjoyed this drawing class a lot.
How I benefitted: Observation skills have improved. Hand eye co-ordination improved. Getting ideas for new products. Being able to put those ideas over to others by showing them a “good” clear drawing. I also learnt a lot from the group and from working in a group.
Leonard was a fantastic at fascilitating the course and I enjoy the way he teaches. Thank you.
I learned to approach and see a subject very differently than before.
Working without outlines has been liberating.
What a fantastic, eye-opening experience! I learned valuable techniques that I shall carry with me throughout my artistic career. Thank you Leonard for expanding my artistic consciousness!
I entered this experience willing and open to learn to deviate from my traditional, hyper-realistic drawing style. I have never been able to properly tap into another, freer drawing style successfully.
While slightly apprehensive at times, I took your advance and unorthodox techniques to heart, and I embraced every challenge you put forward. Using these tools, combined with the freedom in the last session especially, I feel like I have really come into my own technique. I am comfortable and confident with my new drawing technique, and it has allowed me to improve my memory skills regarding the objects we drew. Furthermore, this technique has also taught me to draw better under time constraints, and to be more relaxed about my work. I am still surprised by the results I produced, and I have taken the experience to be a complete success.
Thank you for pushing me when I needed assistance and giving me the tools to draw in a new way!
Thank you so much for running this workshop with us! It really was a wonderful experience 🙂
I didn't take art for matric but it was something that I strong considered. Now in varsity I jumped at the opportunity of learning how to draw and on top of that being able to integrate the skills I learnt into my medical degree.
At the beginning of the workshop it was sometimes hard to understand where we were going and what the exercises where trying to achieve, but now having done session 5 I can now see the benefit of having drawn millions of hammer heads. It was a journey that we needed to experience and it was important that we didn't miss out any steps in the process.
Prior knowledge of the muscle groups of the body, as well as the direction in which they flow really aided me in establishing a solid structure for my drawings.
I appreciated that all the skills we had learnt in the other sessions were clearly valuable in this exercise- it was very evident in the results.
I was very relaxed as well and i think that was as a result of the longer amount of time we got to execute the drawings. I also felt there was less pressure.
Overall I very much enjoyed the challenge.
I thoroughly enjoyed the drawing lessons. My existence centres around conscious perfection, the need to be aware and to focus and concentrate in order to do well and, although these skills were necessary in the drawing lessons as well, they were exercised differently. I found this very refreshing.
I learned the importance of being free in creative expression; that letting go and letting be is sometimes the best possible way to unleash your best work. I learned how to embrace the imperfections.
From a more practical perspective, I didn't completely know how to draw dimension or proportions and the course helped me develop those skills without undermining my intuition or style.
Plus Leonard was an enjoyable, kind teacher who challenged whilst encouraging. Plus the tea and interesting conversation during breaks were a welcomed bonus.
All-in-all, I thoroughly enjoyed both lessons and developing a new skill were a treat that I will cherish.
Warmest regards and many, many thanks for the opportunity