Drawing can sooth our nervous system, sharpen our senses, and improve our concentration. For the complete beginner and those wishing to improve their drawing skills, this online class will refine your understanding of visual language through various drawing exercises. These are inspired by Betty Edward’s renowned book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain,” an approach to drawing that is backed up by neuro-scientific research. Using graphite, charcoal, and coloured media, you’ll begin to develop your drawing and creative skills and become more confident with the tools of visual expression. You will learn how to identify and practice scale, composition, perspective and value through demonstrations and hands-on learning, as well as understand light and contrast through grey scale and colour.
Rachel Crummey is a visual artist working primarily in painting and drawing. Her work incorporates pattern, improvisation, and collage. She has worked with children in a variety of contexts and loves sharing her passion and enthusiasm for art making. She has been an artist in residence with Kulturkontakt Austria and the Salzburger Kunstverein, and was the 2015 winner of the Joseph Plaskett Foundation’s Nancy Petry Award for emerging Canadian painters. She has exhibited in Canada, London UK, Austria, and Italy. She gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. She received her BFA from Concordia University in 2010, and her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2014.
"I loved Rachel’s class and found it to be inspiring and helpful as I try to work through a bit of a creative and personal mind block. There was a good mix of time spent looking at the work of selected women abstract artists followed by well-led practical exercises that could be completed during class or worked on further. Your interest and enthusiasm was clear through all five weeks of the class and I wish there were more!” - Janine
"I thought that the class was the perfect balance—lots of interesting information about fascinating artists (most of whom were new to me), plus plenty of time to try out the new techniques ourselves. Rachel, you were an excellent guide, and your enthusiastic knowledge of art history put things in perspective and encouraged interesting discussion.” - Andie Pilot (Geneva)