On Friday September 8th I instructed my first drawing class. I had thirteen students and teachers in my first class. Prior to Friday I went to Hobby Lobby and bought 12 HB drawing pencils. Drawing pencils come in a wide range of shades. The lightest being 9H and the darkest being 9B. An HB pencil is right in the middle and my favorite pencil to work with especially beginners who don’t know much about pencil pressure and shading. I found drawing paper in the storage area in the back of the school to use and dug out some erasers. Before asking anyone to draw I talked a bit about the different sides of your brain and which is the creative side and which is the logical side. The first thing I asked them to draw was a self portrait without looking at their reflection or a picture. This exercise shows how the left side of the brain works. The left side of your brain is logical and assumes what everything looks like and doesn’t take time to think. Everyone’s self portraits didn’t quite look like them because they weren’t able to look at themselves and engage the right side of the brain. The next exercise was to draw their hand without looking at the paper. The students were instructed to pose their hand anyway they’d like and draw it without changing positions. This time the drawings still didn’t look very realistic. We tried an exercise looking 100% of the time at the paper and an exercise looking 100% of the time at the subject. Neither of these produced a very realistic product. There is a middle ground. Next I asked them to draw their hand looking 10% of the time at the paper and 90% of the time looking at their hand. This is a very good strategy because we want our right brain engaged. The more we look at the subject the less room the left brain has to assume what it looks like. After the hands were drawn I handed out a picture of an eye in black and white and instructed students to draw it. The advice I gave them was to imagine their eye and the pencil in their hand was connected and to constantly take a step back and ask themselves what was different between the picture and their drawing. While they drew I would go around the tables and offer help to anyone I thought needed some guidance. The most common issue I found was that they assumed the pupil was a circle and that eyelashes were straight lines. Overall I really enjoyed teaching and I think that it went very well. I am very excited to instruct another class soon.