It used to be that the practice of drawing was taught in schools, just as a natural part of education. It was considered as natural, in fact, as reading, arithmetic, and writing. Yet, most people I ask about Art (notice the capital A) in their lives usually respond by saying, “Oh, I don’t do Art. I can’t draw.” Sadly, this is often due to one of two reasons. The first is that they have been the victims of judgmental educators who themselves may not have been compassionately or encouragingly taught, ending up therefore as demanding and rigid teachers unable to adapt to the unique needs of each learner. This is a damn sad and sorry state, for every child has the innate desire to perceive and represent her/his world on paper with crayon or pencil. The second reason a person may think that s/he can’t draw is that they have never learned to see in such a way that they can represent their world on that paper with crayon or pencil in any kind of way that meets their own expectations, said expectations having been created by artists such as Durer, Rembrandt, or Leonardo. Well. There is hope for those suffering from both critical childhood instructors AND unrealistic expectations, for learning to draw is merely learning a skill set which is no more complicated or magical than cooking or auto mechanics. Besides, incorporating drawing as a life skill is every bit as civilized as becoming a good reader or writer…and as uplifting as nourishing the spirit by the regular practice of prayer.
For an eight week period beginning February 4th, I will be teaching Drawing New Life…a fine
way to experience new life. Read about it here:
YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE NEW YOLOCANVAS
ART CONNECTIONS WORKSHOP SERIES,
“DRAWING NEW LIFE”
WHEN: Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. February 4, 11, 18, 25,
March 4, 11, 18, 25
WHERE: CESAR CHAVEZ PLAZA COMMUNITY ROOM,
1220 OLIVE DRIVE, IN DAVIS
In addition to drawing and sketching exercises inside, if weather permits we will go outside with sketchbooks to sketch from nature.
TEACHERS: DORI MARSHALL AND MARILYN MOYLE
CLASS FEE IS $10 PER CLASS. Basic materials provided.
TO SIGN UP FOR THE SERIES CALL:
Dori Marshall (530) 219-5221 or e-mail
YoloCANVAS is a program of Davis Community Meals
THE FEE CAN BE WAIVED FOR LOW INCOME STUDENTS AND MENTAL HEALTH CLIENTS.