June 08, 2003

Violette, Banks
Basic Drawing

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Banks is a great guy. He recognizes that most of his basic drawing class is composed of people taking the class for fun or to satisfy a requirement and adjusts his teaching style accordingly. I went in terrified that I wouldn't be a good artist, that I'd be embarrassed evey day of class, and that it would be a thoroughly unpleasant and humiliating experience. Banks' laid-back style, however, creates a relaxed and stress-free atmosphere in which people to feel enough confidence in their abilties that they can concentrate on improving their skills rather than stressing out about how few skills they may actually have. All in all, this class is a great experience, especially for a beginning artist.

Workload:

Not bad. 2.5 hours of class time two days a week and a few out-of-class assignments now and then.