Setting up a 5 Day DRSB Workshop
I would first need a space large enough to hold from 8 to 16 people (my minimum and maximum number). In that space I would need tables, one 6’ table for every 2 participants, and chairs. The space could be an art center, private studio or a conference room in a hotel. I travel around the world with all my equipment. Light stands, lights, bulbs, overhead and LCD projectors, everything. I would have our portfolios of drawing materials (see www.drawright.com/) sent to the space from my office in California. If we rent the space from a vendor and they help with the organization of the workshop and they take a percentage of the profit, they would then pay for all of my travel related expenses including the rental space and the portfolios plus my salary. If I do all the organization then I would pay for my own expenses plus space and portfolios. As a guideline, the cost of my 5 Day Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workshop is $1600 per participant. I can list the workshop on my website and any other advertising would be paid by you.
Below is a sample of the general schedule for my 5 Day Workshop:
Day One starts with a Pre-Instruction self-portrait by each participant followed by a lecture on the principles of brain hemisphere management. We then work on an exercise in drawing upside-down drawing. Later in the day, we experiment with blind contour drawings to enable us to slow down our vision and tap into our brains’ right hemisphere.
Day Two begins with a lecture discussing the use of the Picture Plane, followed by a detailed drawing of the students’ own hands on “toned” paper. In the afternoon, a lecture on Negative Space, followed by a drawing of a chair done strictly in negative space. Seeing and using negative space is a new thinking strategy for most of our participants.
Day Three starts with a lecture on the skill of sighting, followed by the participants learning to draw a corner of a room or a view outdoors. Seeing and using proportion and perspective is also a new thinking strategy for many of our participants.
Day Four begins with a lecture on the proportions of the head in profile, followed by a drawing of a fellow participant in profile. The right hemisphere is specialized for facial recognition and can master the enormous complexity of that task.
Day Five starts with a discussion of light and shadow and a technique called "cross-hatching.” Participants learn to see accurately the proportions of the head in preparation for a self-portrait using all the Five Basic Skills learned during the week. The conclusion of Day 5 is an in-depth review of the participants’ final drawings, comparing them to the pre-instruction drawings made on Day 1, followed by a summation of the new thinking skills learned.
Thank you and I hope we’re able to work together.
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workshops