Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain with Maggie Courtis


Meeting Weekly for 4 Weeks

Date to be announced, Fall 2021




Drawing well begins with developing the sense of sight – learning to see details of line, shapes, shadows, and the relationships between forms.


According to modern scientist Richard Bergland who has studied functional neurology, "You have two brains: a left and a right. Modern brain scientists now know that your left brain is your verbal and rational brain; it thinks serially and reduces its thoughts to numbers, letters and words… Your right brain is your nonverbal and intuitive brain; it thinks in patterns, or pictures, composed of ‘whole things,’ and does not comprehend reductions, either numbers, letters, or words."


The theory of drawing on the right side of the brain is based on the concept "both the left and the right hemisphere [of the brain] may be conscious simultaneously in different, even mutually conflicting, mental experiences that run along in parallel. Applied to drawing, the artist shifts thinking modes from left to right brain, which entails learning visual perception skills. The components are seeing edges, negative spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and the essence of the thing being drawn.


In this course you will develop the left brain task of analyzing the information you perceive. You'll learn to see details while you are engaged in drawing exercises to translate those details to your art. Each class session will include a closing exercise bringing us back to our creative side, using the same subject matter but depicted in a free, unstructured, creative form. Our goal is maintain our creativity and to bring more to our art, not to box us in.


Materials List

Drawing paper

Drawing pencils


Questions? Contain the instructor at MaggieBCourtis@gmail.com

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Series with Maggie, Fall 2021