QUESTION: I cannot even draw a stick man. Is there any hope for me?
This course will teach you to "see the way an artist sees", which will magically enrich your life in more ways than merely “learning to draw” beyond the boundaries of the traditional "stick man"!
QUESTION: I am not particularly interested in becoming an artist. Will I still benefit from this course?
We are using drawing as a medium, purely to provide you with a key to open the door to other goals. You will discover a part of your mind that is often obscured by endless details of daily life. We will uncap your ability to perceive things in a fresh and unique way, to see underlying patterns, shapes and possibilities for new combinations. We will teach you to make the "switch to creative thinking", in order to find creative solutions to everyday problems, irrespective of whether it is personal or professional. You will learn to use the power of your whole brain.
QUESTION: Why is it that when I was a child, I could draw well, and now I have "lost" the ability?
All young kids have creative ideas. Somewhere along the way, the child grows up to become more rational and he is being taught to think logically about the world - as opposed to using his imagination. Our educational systems have mostly resorted to standardised tests – most of which have only one right answer. We are given true and false tests with a choice of one or the other, leaving no room for exceptions or creative thinking. The images and standard examples used are stereotyped. We have created a society that is taught from a young age to zoom in on one way of thinking about each issue and topic. This kills the typical "child-like creative ideas" in us.
QUESTION: This course claims "not to be about drawing". I am interested in becoming efficient in the art of drawing. Will this course make "an artist" out of me?
Though creativity in itself cannot be taught, it can certainly be nurtured. We have the pleasure of having witnessed many so-called "non-artists" that have developed new creative skills, even to a point of being able to confidently exhibit and sell their art works. It all depends on what your goals are. Adults who are trying to be creative face a lot of creative "blocks" as they go along. They feel limited by the "rules" about what is allowed and what not. Children have a natural creativity and are constantly reinventing themselves. This course will aid you in reinventing the limitless child-like creativity that lives inside you.
QUESTION: I am struggling with Mathematics. How can this course improve my Mathematical skills?
Skills learned from studying the arts including concentration and dedication, affects classroom values and test scores. Since drawing requires a sense of perspective, students learn about association, grouping things together through line, finding shapes in relation to other shapes, seeing the whole and finding the steps. We have found that students who have completed this course, dramatically increased their ability to resolve mathematical problems.
QUESTION: I am the director of a big company, always looking for ways to improve productivity through motivation. Will my employees benefit from this course?
Many people grow up believing that they either possess creative skills or not. The truth is, creativity is a skill that can be learned. Just reading about creative processes will not suddenly give the expected result. Risks need to be taken, new techniques need to be investigated and tried, and the creative skills must be practiced. In any working environment, it is imperative that we develop different skills in order to succeed. In fact, incorporating creative skills in the working environment, is indispensable. The short and sweet is that we need to be able to find solutions for our problems, which in turn will boost productivity. This course offers exactly that.
QUESTION: My child struggles with fine motor skills. Will there be benefit in learning to draw?
Children usually draw before they attempt to write. Their drawing efforts familiarise them with writing implements and improve their fine motor abilities. Fine motor skills require patience, which is often in short supply, and this course not only improves eye-hand coordination, but encourages patience and endurance.
QUESTION: How many students can be accommodated per session?
A maximum of five students can attend an online session at the same time. However, if the student prefers to have private sessions, it can be arranged and a small surcharge would be added to the bill.
QUESTION: Where are these classes being held?
Courses are presented online through ZOOM and consist of eight two-hour sessions. It is up to the student to arrange times for these sessions with Elma. Any student will have a minimum period of three months in which to complete all eight sessions.