Anyone can learn to draw… believe it or not

Clare Champion, Friday, May 9, 2008

“Anyone can learn to draw”, according to staff at Clare Museum who are holding a drawing day for adult beginners on Saturday, May 24 to mark the beginning of a series of art workshops.

The event hopes to encourage people to take up the art and explore the possibilities of developing a talent not yet discovered. Adults around the county are being urged to register for drawing day, during which two well-known Clare artists will provide drawing tips and techniques for beginners.

“While most people might shy away from drawing, the success of this event in the past proves that there is a genuine interest in the medium,” said Edel Greene of Clare Museum. “Many adults would break into a cold sweat if asked to draw a picture in front of a group of people. They would deny any artistic talent, make excuses and do whatever it took to avoid being on the spot with a pencil in their hand. However, the truth is that everybody can learn to draw if they are tutored properly,” she added.

Initiated by the National Gallery of Ireland in 2005, drawing day is a nationwide event that provides an opportunity for everyone to try their hand at drawing. Experienced local artists Lorraine Wall and Hilary Gilmore will host the Clare Museum workshops.

Ms Greene added that booking was essential for anyone wishing to participate in the workshops. “Each workshop will be 90 minutes in duration and will cater for a maximum of 10 individuals. Participants are asked to bring their own drawing materials such as pencils and/or Conte crayons,” she said.

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