Can Anyone Learn to Draw and Paint?

This is a question I get asked frequently often I hear comments like ‘I would love to draw and paint but I’m not talented’.  It is surprising how much anxiety just the idea of drawing and painting in front of others can bring to some people.  I can understand these feelings and why it is so hard for many to make the first step of joining an art class.

Whenever I have worked with young children of 6 or 7, none of this anxiety exists. Children love to draw and show you their drawings, they will start drawing and painting excitedly in a very unconscious way.  By the time we become teenagers many of us have decided that we ‘can’t’ draw or paint.  So what happens to make this change?

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How do I Hold The Pencil?

This is a question I get asked a lot by those starting to learn to draw.  Holding a pencil for drawing is similar in a way to holding a pen for handwriting in that there are ways that get better results, however it is a personal choice.  Just like handwriting we all have a unique style so I think the best advice is however it feels best.

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