Learn to draw portraits
Matamata Art Society workshops have been well attended in recent months.
The group’s latest workshop, taking place on June 16, will feature portrait drawing specialist Chris Cartwright.
He says there aren’t many of us who haven’t picked up a pencil and somebody’s photo and tried to draw it. ‘‘Unfortunately, most of us don’t carry it further,’’ he said.
People say: ‘‘I wish I had the talent’’ or ‘‘I wish I had the time’’ or ‘‘All I want is for someone to start me off’’.
Cartwright, a Whangamatabased artist, said it’s a fairly straightforward thing to do.
‘‘. . . anyone can do it if they put some time in,’’ he said and offers his own story as proof. ‘‘In April 2012 I needed to find something to occupy my attention and decided to teach myself to draw, so I bought a selection of pencils and some sketch paper and began haunting YouTube looking for ‘ the secret’.
‘‘My first efforts were like a child’s drawings but I kept at it. In a few months I began seeing progress and within a year I’d sold my first pastel portrait.’’
Cartwright currently teaches a weekly night-class for adult students in Whangamata.
The Art Society’s workshop is limited to six adults with bookings essential by June 9.
Call Margaret on 888 4955 or Marion on 880 9766 for more details and to book.