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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Should I do Life Drawing?

Life drawing is drawing (or sometimes painting) of the human figure from a live model.  Sometimes the model is clothed or semi-clothed but the idea is that you can observe the human form in its ‘life’ or natural form.

 Drawing clothed models is very useful of course because you can get to observe the folds and creases of the clothing.  Life drawing  has the advantage of seeing the anatomy as it is and sometimes to understand how clothing behaves in the way it falls and creases we have to understand what is underneath, the anatomy.

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