Lisbeth Firmin: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain at 1440 Multiversity

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Seeing the World Around You

January 28 - February 2, 2018

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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Program Description

For many of us, drawing can be a mysterious or inaccessible process reserved for a “talented” few. Dr. Betty Edwards’ groundbreaking Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain debunked this myth—anyone can learn how to draw, and draw well.

Join painter and printmaker Lisbeth Firmin for an intensive immersion in demonstrations and studio exercises that pack a semester-long art course into five days. You will develop the perceptual skills you need to draw with confidence, whether you are new to the medium or wish to expand your capabilities.

You will explore:

  • The relationship of drawing and creativity to specialized functions of the right- and left-brain hemispheres and to ways of connecting to a new way of seeing
  • A carefully sequenced process designed to unveil your ability to capture life as you see it, and strategies to produce skilled drawings
  • Tips on how to shift your perception and see light, depth, dimensions, and proportions to better capture what inspires you.

You will go home with a new, enhanced way of seeing the world around you and strategies you can continue to develop to capture what inspires you in ways you never thought possible.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Lisbeth Firmin

    Painter, printmaker, and drawing teacher

    Lisbeth Firmin is a full-time painter and printmaker known for her urban landscapes. She is an accredited teacher of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, and was trained by Dr. Betty Edwards. She has been teaching this technique for more than 25 years.

    She teaches painting and printmaking at various art institutes, universities, schools, and artist residencies around the United States. She is the recipient of many awards, grants, and fellowships, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Printmaking (Lily Auchincloss Fellow), and full fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, National Seashore Cape Cod Dune Shack Residency, Vermont Studio Center, and Saltonstall Arts Colony.

    Using Dr. Edwards’ exercises combined with her own techniques, Firmin’s teaching methods encourage both professional and beginning students to find their unique ways of seeing. She takes the stress out of “being creative” and guides students towards unleashing their own unique energy through making art.

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  • Why Attend
    • Tap into the creative power and inner freedom of your brain with life-changing techniques to develop or improve your drawing skills.

    • Learn a technique that has helped millions of people around the world learn to draw since it was launched in 1979.

    • Whether you've never considered yourself to be creative or you are an established artist, you will be inspired to create and delve into the joyful art of drawing.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Things To Bring

    Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain materials list:

    1. 2B, 4B, 6B drawing pencil
    2. Woodless drawing pencil (4B or 6B optional, these are just fun tools)
    3. Hand-held pencil sharpener (It’s a good idea to buy a new one and test it before leaving the art supply store. The ones with little trash cans attached are especially nice.)
    4. 4B and 6B graphite sticks
    5. Pencil-top erasers (These fit on top of your pencils, and usually have a nice chisel shape; buy at least ten.)
    6. White plastic eraser (The Pentel Clic-brand one is good.)
    7. Kneaded eraser
    8. Vis-à-Vis water-soluble marking pen
    9. 14” X 17” Strathmore Drawing Tablet, #400 series, 80 lb.
    10. Drawing board or support for the tablet. I use a piece of tempered Masonite, which is about 17” X 20”. If you choose something like foam core, make sure it is at least ½” thick, so that it doesn’t flex when you are drawing.
    11. Portfolio to hold your drawings, paper, and board; this could be a paper or cloth portfolio (some of them come with the drawing board inside).
    12. Ruler is optional; my favorite is the 18” flexible, cork-backed ruler.

    *It is often very difficult to procure drawing tools once the class begins, so try to have a complete set of tools when you arrive for the first class meeting.

    Recommended Reading

    Drawing on The Right Side of the Brain, Dr. Betty Edwards.

    Special Details

    All exercises will be preceded by demonstrations and followed by assessments of individual progress.

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.


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