FITC Amsterdam 2015

2015-02-23 00:00:00 2015-02-25 00:00:00 America/Toronto FITC Amsterdam 2015 Explore the undiscovered horizon, break walls between creator and spectator using any medium and means necessary. Amsterdam FITC Amsterdam


Note: This all day workshop will run from 10-5pm on Sunday February 22, and is available to WORKS and WORKSHOP ticket holders. 

When I was an art student, I used to picture a finished image in my head but what come out from my right hand was nowhere close to what I imagined. The images were trapped in my head, wanting to be released, but I couldn’t get them out. I soon figured out what I was lacking was basic drawing skills. From then on till I graduated art school, I took every drawing class I could fit into my schedule. It was the best decision I made.

There are very small number of people who are naturally talented in drawing. For the rest of us, we can get better, but only if we practice. Of course, you don’t get dramatically better in just one day. It takes time, it needs practice. However, one can learn the tips on how to be a better drawer in one day. The rest is remembering the tips and keep on working.

Because all those drawing classes helped me so much, and I eventually ended up becoming an art school drawing instructor myself, I have been wanting to pass on those tips.

Consider this as a one day “drawing boot camp”. Digest version of a drawing class that is usually taught in one year.

There will be bunch of small drawing practices we will do together. My goal is for you to have fun while learning. We will be drawing each other, we will be drawing ourselves, we will ask the volunteers to model for us and have model drawing sessions (clothed), and we may even head outside a bit to draw familiar and unfamiliar objects.

There will be four main points:

1) Learn how to see: good drawing starts from seeing things accurately. You will practice to break the barrier between drawing what you see and drawing what you think you see, the latter is a habit a lot of the artists cannot break out of. Once you learn how to draw what you actually see, your drawing skill gets dramatically better.

2) Building confidence: Good drawing is, surprisingly, NOT really about good skills. Let me explain that during the workshop. The No.1 importance in good drawing is actually confidence. Let’s work on that together. (and ready to throw that eraser away. Or, hide, at least.)

3) Building visual memory: Ever fantasized about being able to draw right out of your head? We will do some exercises on building visual memory. Building visual memory is like having your own picture dictionary in your head and keep adding images to it.

4) See things like an artist: Artists are called artists, because we can see things differently from how other people see.


Help artists of all levels improve their drawing skills dramatically.


From beginner to advanced, it’s a fun day of drawing together whatever your level.

Things participants will learn

  1. Do not be afraid of that pen in your hand.
  2. Basic and advanced drawing skills.
  3. Tips and tricks to get better at drawing.
  4. This is fun and not painful – seriously.
  5. Drawing is for everyone, even if you think you can’t do it!