Ways To Learn To Draw

July 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

“Visual observation is believed to be in the domain of the right side of the brain. Intuitive and creative thinking are also believed to be in the domain of the right brain.  The left brain deals with the rational, the alphabet, numerals, and so on.  Left brain thinking is linear – one thing after another. The right brain processes everything at once.” – Marvin Bartel, ED. D., Goshen College

Dr. Bartel explains that one learns to draw by observation. Observation includes learning: how to see edges, how to see cross contour, how to see sizes – angles – proportions, how to see shading, how to see negative spaces – negative shapes, how to see holistically & draw expressively, how to see color, and how to see patterns and textures.

The work of Dr. Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, has enabled millions of people around the world to learn to draw. Their website will introduce you to her teaching technique, a little of the theory behind it, and to an exercise that demonstrates its effectiveness.

Anthony SharkMy eight year old grandson loves to draw. He is energetic and loves to move…but, when he draws he sits still. He focuses. He has a goal – an objective – to draw something well. I usually google a subject that he wants to learn to draw, then I find “drawing” versions of them so he can copy them. He pays attention to shape and form and tries to draw it himself, as in this shark he chose to draw.

Anthony's SnakeI also love when he adds his own spin on the drawing, such as this snake drawing he did. He loves to color!

I have found some websites that we use, also, to build his drawing-ability-confidence. I am sharing them with you!

Draw Right

Draw Right has an impressive gallery of before and after results of learning to draw.


Art4Learners.com helps learners of all ages (kids to adults alike) to learn drawing, cartooning, painting, portraits etc.

Learn to Draw

Learn the basics of drawing online for free. On Learn To Draw, learn at your own pace, learn the basics of drawing whenever you want to learn. The lessons are presented clearly in a step-by-step manner by a professional artist and illustrator.

More Advanced Learning Required?

Videos can be a great way to learn to draw. You can see from start to finish something being drawn. You can pause and try it yourself…without feeling like you are interrupting the teacher! Try some of these resources.


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