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Can’t Draw, Won’t Draw!

I hated art at school.  I had lots of ideas but things never turned out as I wanted and my teachers didn’t help – if you didn’t have obvious talent they weren’t interested.

I wanted to put that right and decided to join a drawing course – drawing for dummies, if you like.

It wasn’t easy to find something suitable but I eventually tracked down a beginners adult course in Manchester, at the Lowry in Salford Quays.  They only run it a few times a year and it wasn’t until late in the year that their dates coincided with a free slot in my diary.  But it was worth the wait.  The teacher was patient and fun and we all produced things we were pleased with.


A selection of finished pieces by the class


If you fancy learning to express yourself with pencil, ink and charcoal, keep an eye on this website.  The next course is in March.  I enjoyed it so much, I’m eagerly awaiting the follow up course, Can Draw Will Draw.

And if you feel like drawing right now and need a bit of inspiration, enjoy this light-hearted art tutorial by Moose Allain.

18 replies »

  1. Great job doing the course. I would have loved to take my art further at university but it just wasn’t an option for me. Now I just use my photos as my artistic outlet. There are some really great drawings there. 😀


  2. I can relate to this. My art teacher derided my artistic attempts and put me off drawing for life. I would like to do pen and ink sketches and often do little drawings when I am on holiday to illustrate my travel notes, but I have zilch confidence in my talent.


  3. Your drawings are great! I enjoy sketching with pencil and charcoal but don’t have ‘obvious talent’! I find it really relaxing and absorbing when I sketch… and if the end result gives me a feeling of satisfaction and I am chilled out into the bargain then that’s good enough for me! Well done you! 🙂


  4. These are fantastic; your style is so expressive! “Natural talent” is highly overrated… perseverance, creativity and resilience (after the mistakes we all make) is what counts. I’m sorry you had your share of bad art teachers (I did too) but I’m glad you gave it another chance and found a good one. Keep drawing…I hope to see more!
    -A high school Art teacher


  5. congrats Deb – and I like the pics you shared – but sadly in the art world (and in many subjects) students are assessed by overt talent or as you put it “if you didn’t have obvious talent they weren’t interested” when many miss the chance of teaching!!


    • The teacher of this class must have got huge satisfaction. We were all amazed to produce recognisable images and even a certain style if our own. And we used pencil, charcoal and ink. A brilliant intro to drawing.

      Sent from my iPhone


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