Dedicated to the principle that
talent can be learned.

People who thought they couldn't draw & paint
soon discover they can!
     Since its inception in 1997, ANYONE CAN...ARTS has developed a unique program and fullfilled the dream of hundreds of artistically inclined as well as artistically challenged individuals.
          When we think of drawing and painting we automatically think of ART. We have been conditioned to believe that great painters were born with the ability to reel off masterpieces. Masters like Michelangelo, Van Gogh and Picasso come to mind, and all of us can remember the kids we knew in class who had that amazing talent so few of us could ever dream of having. As Children, we all wanted to be able to draw or paint well, but if that talent or ability wasn't demonstrated early on, we were either discouraged or shown a different path. "Charlie just doesn't have artistic ability, but he seems to be good in math!" The teacher might have said to our parents.
          The philosophy at Anyone Can...Arts is that anyone at anytime can develop the skills needed to draw well. Curriculum designer and company founder, Peter Kraus has spent about thirty years researching and testing a system that brings out the skills he believes everyone has. "When we are growing up, we are taught that a very small percentage of people have the ability to draw well, but I'm convinced that the opposite is true," said Peter. In the 1970's while he was busy studying psychology, a light bulb went off in his head. Why do some people have the talent to draw well, and others don't? Was it in their DNA, did they have an extra gene? Something inside told him that it was more than talent and his investigations led him to conclude that people were not only not getting the right encouragement, but that they were also getting instruction based on faulty premises. Schools teach that art comes from "intuition" and that it simply flows from us. If a child isn't showing any artistic instincts from the get go, he never will. Mr. Kraus doesn't deny the existence of artistically gifted individuals, but he believes that drawing should be taught analytically as a skill. Instead of using the historically great artists as absolute models, our learning should start from the basics and evolve step-by-step at one's individual pace. This method gives the student a fair chance to discover that he or she can actually draw well and do something with the skill. In fact Mr. Kraus prefers to look at drawing as a basic skill that everyone should learn and apply to his/her daily life. "Drawing is a skill that is vitally needed in almost everything we do." he said. "It should be functional and we can use it any way we want."
          Because of the conservative educational climate in the 1970's, Mr. Kraus found few allies in his theories. In the meantime, he obtained a degree in art education, collected his findings into manuscript form and put them to work. He proved to himself and to his students that virtually anyone ranging from childhood to seniors could learn how to draw proficiently and artistically and his success rate was staggering. Over the years, attitudes toward education began to expand and in 1997, Mr. Kraus decided it was time to publish his series of Drawing Magic self-teaching workbooks/guidebooks, so that everyone could take advantage of the Anyone Can Arts program.
          Essentially, the Drawing Magic system is based on simple components which deal with giving students a solid foundation. The components include learning to draw variations of lines, curves, angles and simple shapes in proportion. The initial goal is to take the mystery out of drawing and build the learner's confidence to go further with his/her skills. Students proceed at their own pace and are never rushed. At the initial stage they are able to see where they stand immediately and self-correct or improve the things they may be doing. After learning about basic shaping, students then move on to fundamental shading, perspective, texture and composition. At this point, they will have constructed a strong enough foundation to allow their intuition to play a role, and to apply the techniques they learned for more advanced work.
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