Drawing classes

A violin - first creation from my drawing classes

A sabbatical is the perfect timing to learn new things. 

I used to love art classes as a kid but then I’ve grown up and the computer took over completely leaving that part of me on hold. That's why I decided to have drawing classes and I was lucky enough to find an arts school not far from home: 'Le Crayon Apprivoisé'.

Taking a pencil again was a moving experience. Almost weird  to feel the finger muscles being waked after a long sleep.

The creation process is pretty interesting and I guess, different for each one of us. For me, it started with frustration as I was learning a 'new language' that I didn't master. But then, suddenly I just felt connected with the drawing, and my violin (on the pic above) could come up.


From frustration to creation, what made the difference was to be guided by a teacher who could unlock the codes to allow me to get to the next step. 

This is kinda similar to the pastry learning process. For instance, the other day, I felt blocked by my chocolate writing skills (that I believed were just bad). In my head I knew the visual I wanted, but my hand didn't want to follow! Then, a magic moment happened when our pastry chef shared a tip that worked for me (to use both hands instead of one). Pretty rewarding feeling!


One of the main reasons why I like so much pastries is the aesthetics. It has to be appealing! So I think drawing classes will also be very useful to my pastry creations.

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Meet the author

Hi there! I'm Lucia Tahara, welcome to my blog!

I'm a Brazilian living in France since 2002 and working as a Business Developer at Google.

This blog is about my 5 months sabbatical to become a pastry cook at the 'Institut National de la Boulangerie Pâtisserie', one of the best French pastry schools in the world.

Recipes, tips, techniques, video tutorials, but also posts related to the sabbatical experience will populate this space little by little.

My favorite pastries

Saint honoré
Macaron (coming soon)
Fraisier (coming soon)


Tutorial videos

Crème pâtissière (pastry cream)
Millefeuille (assembly)
Pâte feuilletée (puff pastry)
Choux dough (coming soon)
Sweet pie dough (coming soon)
More to come...