Beginning Drawing Class -
taught by Torrey Carroll Smith


A 6-session beginning drawing class that develops skills of seeing and mark-making so that students can create realistic images of the world around them. The approach is based largely on Betty Edwards' well-known book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, which is typically presented in intense, week-long workshops. I've simplified and streamlined it a bit to fit more easily into busy lives and 2-hour chunks. I will offer totally optional homework suggestions that are designed to cement the new skills we explore in class. I will also provide the materials we use in class, most of which you will be yours to take home.

For whom? 

... for anyone interested in learning to draw! While the class is targeted for adults, it could also work fine for high school students. The classes build on each other, so ideally you would be able to attend all 6 classes, but you will still learn a lot even if you have to miss one.

A lot of people lose confidence, and then joy, in drawing somewhere in their adolescence. Maybe it's something we remember loving when we were younger, but got left behind as we entered adulthood. For some of us, the sense of "can't" crystalizes into a sense that art and its enjoyment are for other people. How many times have you heard people say, "I don't have a creative bone in my body?" The thing is, anyone who wants to can draw.  It takes practice, yes, but the practice is fun. We won't all draw alike, but that's what makes it interesting.  


There are lots of reasons to draw!  Many of us think of it as something fun and "artsy" and maybe even a little indulgent... and it is that, which is plenty of reason to learn to do it -- for the joy it brings to our lives. Also, it's a skill that can come in handy -- to plan out ideas, to share information, as the foundation for other creative work... Interestingly, it's also a "practice," maybe more in the yoga sense, where you concentrate hard on something, which frees your mind from your daily worries for a bit, and brings much needed breathing room into your life. Learning to draw helps us see the world differently -- first just literally, noticing shapes and lines and the way they interact differently; but somehow that also often translates to just seeing bigger picture things a little differently -- in a way that opens up possibilities and problem solving abilities. Cool, huh?


Wednesdays 12:30 to 2:30 PM on November 1, 15, and 29; December 13; January 3 and 17 (basically every other week, skipping Christmas week)


We will meet at the White Meeting House, 8 North Main Street in Waterbury Village (aka the Congregational Church).  Park in the lot next to the church and come in through the side door, where there will be directions to the cozy third floor classroom.

How much?

The cost is $135 for the six sessions and includes all materials, most of which will be yours to keep.

By whom?

I am a local painter who lives in Duxbury and works out of my studio in Waterbury. I am mostly self-taught, which means that I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to develop skills and about the learning process, which helps me support students in their own learning and progress. 

Sign up

... by emailing me:, or calling me: 244-8581

I do ask students to pay in advance so that I can reserve space and procure materials appropriately; after you sign up, I'll send you more information about a few different payment options.

Comments from recent students:

"If you want to step out and try something that may be out of your comfort zone, [Torrey] provides a positive and safe environment to do that."

"Torrey does a great job explaining the concepts and process, it was not at all intimidating. She also creates a very accepting and safe atmosphere for learning."

"I appreciated the personalized help and thought that it was very helpful. Good clear points, insights into what we could be doing to improve our [work]."