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Drawing has been described as ‘the mother of the Arts”, the foundation behind not only painting, sculpture and architecture but also fashion, textiles, graphic/interior/industrial design, digital media, film, photography...etc (Leonardo even extended it the sciences). Drawing also provides one of the most comprehensive experiences of reality; providing the means to cultivate a greater sense of reality and to imaginatively recreate the essence of reality. 

For most people, however, drawing is assumed to be a talent reserved for the selective few, not something you do but something you are. And yet, drawing is a verb not a noun and if you can write your name you have proven yourself worthy of the most dexterous challenges that lie ahead. 

For most people have little idea of the challenges involved in the drawing process. Most people get caught up in the details without noticing the big shapes. Most only notice what is light, overlooking the shadows, most can only copy the literal rather than recreate the abstract and are led by the hand rather than the eye. 

And yet for all, if they choose to follow, there is a clear path forward, a path that is available to anyone who pleases to take it, regardless of what “talent” they my be born with. It is worth noting that Van Gogh was poor of ‘talent’ when he started. The quality of his work comes more from his genuine struggle and resilience to stick with it than any handed down aptitude.

It is along this path that this drawing course is run. Designed as 4 x 10 week terms, this course provides a definitive overview of the drawing process, from where the path starts to where it ends. Building from the simple to the complex, students are guided on a journey of discovery, from the foundational skills of drawing through to the ability to finish works with resolution and pride. 

Apart from 25 years making every mistake conceivable as a sculptor, my credentials as a teacher comes from my standing on the shoulders of a multitude of great teachers, with a heritage going back to Manet and the Académie Julian of Paris (and who knows before that). This comes on top of many hours experience as a student and teacher of atelier art schools, plus countless hours evangelising to conscripts in the classroom as a Visual Arts high school teacher. However, it is as a facilitator and a guide that I play my most important part in this school, letting the ultimate masters take the lead: using the best drawing examples, the sublime beauty of mother nature and the “fruit that grows within” us all, human creativity. 

Daniel Dominguez Principal