September 29, 2022
When I was in college, one of my teachers made a bold pronouncement on the first day of class: “Anyone can draw!” This was not an art class; it was a scenic design class for students majoring in theatre studies. He was met with more than a few murmurs of “not me,” “I can’t,” and “yeah right.” I was one of those people. It is not that I didn’t like art; I just thought I wasn’t good at it.
We had to draw a lot in that class, but we were never graded on “how good” the illustrations were. What I found was that creating a drawing habit—without the pressure of making it perfect—was actually very relaxing.
Whether you are looking for a new hobby, a way to relax, or have just always wanted to learn to draw, the Library has resources for you! Books like Kateri Ewing’s Drawing Is for Everyone can help you with the basics as well as prompts and exercises to help you develop a habit.
For those who want flexibility but prefer the structure of a class, Universal Class has “How to Draw 101,” Gale Courses has “Drawing for the Absolute Beginner,” and Udemy Business offers multiple courses, including “Build Confidence Through Drawing: Art for Beginners.”
Or, if you just want to dip your toe in the water, try a drawing-a-day challenge. Check out both the “5-Day Drawing Challenge” and the “21-Day Drawing Challenge” on LinkedIn Learning for Library.
So now I’m going to say it to you: If you’ve ever wanted to learn, go ahead and give it a try because anyone can draw!
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