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Read pp. XVII-XXV, and pp. 2-9 in 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' and complete the first study guide by Wednesday, August 27.



The pre-instructional drawings are sort of like a collection of pre-tests. They are intended not only to show the instructor your skill level before we begin learning, but they will also serve as benchmarks later on for you to see how much improvement you make.

Pre-Instructional Drawings:
  1. a chair
  2. a human figure (whole body, not just face)
  3. a human face (other than your own)
  4. your hand
  5. your own face*

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By Mr. Mallory Aug.2010

Please take up at least 1/4 of the page with each drawing. Draw as carefully, take it as seriously, and make each drawing as realistic as you can. Please use a #2 Pencil. Please draw only from real life- no photos, computers, TV, magazines, comics, posters, memory, or imagination- draw what you see. Except when you draw your own face- it would be best if you use a mirror, but you may use a photograph or camera/computer screen if you need to.

When you're finished with each drawing, write a few comments on each of them, noting what you're happy with them about and what you're disappointed with. What seemed easy and what seemed difficult in the process of drawing. You'll find these comments interesting later on.

Easy Scribble

TIP: Hold the pen easily, near the middle, or even further back if you like. Don't hold the pen down near the point as you do when you write.

Visualize your paper with a continuous line that wanders over the paper in every possible direction. You may call it scribbling if you like. Move your pen in the air over the paper without touching it, as if you were making these lines with ease and confidence. See the page well scribbled in your mind's eye.

Now actually make the lines you just visualized. Pay attention that you don't change your hold on your pen. Keep your drawing hand and arm off the paper. Your arm moves freely guiding the pen.

It is not necessary to make any pattern or to organize your scribbles. Just relax and fill up the page with every conceivable movement you can invent. Have fun. When the page is fairly dense with lines, stop.

Later, when you begin to draw subjects, continue to hold and move your pen or pencil in the same easy, free way.


Benefit List

There are many benefits for you. Think of as many as you can, and list them in your sketchbook. Include those included in the list below. Add additional benefits you become aware of as you study Drawing this semester. Here are some questions to ask yourself. Write your answers in your sketchbook.

  1. What can drawing do for me?
  2. What can drawing change for me?
  3. How am I going to be able to use drawing?
  4. What can drawing teach me?
  5. How can drawing help me grow?

Here is a list of possible benefits from artist Robert Dvorak's book 'Experiential Drawing:'
  • develops concentration skills
  • increases perception and awareness
  • means of expression
  • mode of communication
  • helps you discover your creativity
  • relaxing and energizing process
  • develop ability to imagine and create
  • satisfaction from sense of accomplishment
  • & therefore, increased self-esteem

Reasons you CAN draw


  • "Attitude is always more important than aptitude. With the right attitude you will be committed to your task and success will be assured." ~Robert Dvorak
Take all the reasons you THINK you cannot draw the way you would like to, and rewrite them in your sketchbook as statements that serve your purpose- learning to draw, or to draw with greater skill, spontaneity, etc. It is not necessary that you actually believe what you write. Just do the exercise and be aware of how it feels.

Here are some examples of reasons listed, then listed as POSITIVE statements.

  • NEG- I don't have any talent.
  • POS+ I can learn to draw whether I think I have talent or not.
  • NEG- When it comes to drawing, I'm just no good.
  • POS+ When it comes to drawing, I can become good.
  • NEG- My brother/sister is the one who's good at it in our family.
  • POS- My brother/sister was always good at it. Now I can be an artist in the family too.
  • NEG- It never comes out the way I want it to.
  • POS+ I can alwyay accept the way it comes out, because that was my experience at that time.
Now, make your own list. Remember take all the reasons you think can't draw the way you would like to, but write them in your sketchbook as positive statements that serve your purpose.


Your Goals and Strategies

List your goals on a new page in your sketchbook. Ask yourself: What will be required to feel really good about my drawing ability? What is my purpose for drawing? What do I want to accomplish?

Design your outcomes. While you are writing goals, you may want to list other goals that don't have anything to do with drawing. Once you know what your goals are, you can decide what you need to do to reach them- what you need to change, what you need to learn, and what you need to unlearn.

The next step in building your foundation is to write down all the strategies that occur to you. What do you think you need to do to be able to draw the way you want to? For example, you might write:

  1. I must learn to see better
  2. I need to relax and let go
  3. I have to learn techniques
  4. I need some lessons
Now, make your own list. List all the things you think you'll need to do.