you draw? Ruthe Fonfrias, an Office Management Specialist
at the U.S. Embassy, asked a class at the Alianza this question
and wasn’t surprised that most answered no.
But Fonfrias sought to convince the class
that anyone can draw. Fonfrias, an amateur artist, spoke
to about 30 students in an English class as part of the
Embassy’s U.S. Speakers Program.
Pointing to the book, “Drawing from
the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards, Fonfrias
showed the group techniques that allow artist wannabes to
“A friend of mine got me started on
it by having me draw a figure of Mickey Mouse upside down,”
she said. A week later, she used this technique and drew
an impressive still life.
Fonfrias compared the functions of the left
side of the brain – analytical and logical –
with the right side – creative and artistic.
“How do you shift from one side of
the brain to the other? There is no formula, but there are
exercises that help you make that transition to be able
to see like an artist sees,” Fonfrias said.
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