We need to think constantly in terms of “drawing to learn” and “drawing to share”; to identify which is one is primary at any given moment; and to practice, guide, or provide feedback accordingly. Failure to do this can result in the extreme consequence of total rejection of drawing as an option for mark-making. Much research has already been done. We just need to pull the threads together, weave, and believe.
"'Drawing is an important and powerful language of expression. There is a certain kind of physical intimacy and bodily vibrations that become vital part of the image, which are drawn with the human hand."
'Drawing An Act Of Art II', a show at Priyasri Art Gallery, May 2006
Lisa Hosokawa's insight:
useful for learning about practicing artists in India who are known for drawing
"And if you are going to say that the first perspective is the one that we actually see most of the time, when we look at a coffee cup… that it is the angle we are used to seeing the cup on our kitchen tables, I will tell you that this research has been done on many objects. For example, people were shown pictures of horses from various angles and perspectives and they most quickly recognized it as a horse when it was from this same canonical perspective."
"Judith Burton, a professor of art education at Columbia University, discusses the relationship between drawing and development and poses questions for the audience. What do drawings tell us about a child's development? What causes drawing abilities to shift over time? What do a child's scribbles tell us?"
"Sharing good practice Share good practice with The Campaign for Drawing.
We are inviting our many partners across the UK and around the world to document their drawing activities and share their experiences.
Why not add a case study? If you are an artist, teacher or organiser of drawing activities in a museum, gallery, school, community or heritage setting, why not add a case study to this website?
We want to develop an extensive platform of shared experience. Help us contribute valuable new evidence to the action research programme that The Campaign for Drawing has nurtured and participated in since its launch in 2000."
"The Doodle Revolution is a global campaign for visual literacy.It's not for cash. It's not for glory. It's for you and the generations that follow." "Every revolution needs a leader. Best known for large-scale strategic doodles andGamestorming, a book that outlines visual thinking techniques for business (and a Top 100 Business Book on Amazon!), Sunni Brown has worked with companies like Disney, Sharpie, Zappos and SXSW. Using common sense, experience and neuroscience, Sunni is proving that to doodle is to ignite your whole mind—and she’ll teach the world how to master “strategic doodling” in her forthcoming book, The Doodle Revolution."
Urban Sketchers is a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing.
This blog site features sketches and often equally colorful stories behind the scenes by 100 invited artists correspondents in more than 30 countries around the world. Some are architects and illustrators, others are graphic designers, web developers, painters or educators, all sharing the same passion for drawing on location. If you are interested in purchase or usage of any of their sketches, please contact each artist directly.
While this blog is limited to the 100 invited correspondents, anyone can participate in the Urban Sketchers online community through the global flickr group and Facebook page. Our volunteers also manage more than 30 regional blogs in cities and countries around the world and many of those also have their own sister flickr groups and Facebook pages to help sketchers showcase their work and connect with each other.
"The process of drawing is fascinating. It's all about learning to change how we see. It can help shift the way of experiencing the world from something analytical to something more empathetic, and it's that latter viewpoint that helps us connect with our surroundings and transform our interactions with the world.
For a while I've been thinking about how valuable this shift could be to the development of our social, economical and ecological systems. If we could be more connected, more empathetic in our interactions both with each other and our surroundings perhaps it could help shift how we approach our lives in a really significant way. We might start caring more about how our actions and decisions affect others."
"Let's Create! (Online Creative Confidence-building Experiences for Adults) are small online classes / communities of parents / adults who recognize the importance of modeling creative confidence for (their) children. It’s an easy first step to take with others who are all starting from the exact same point of creative insecurity."
"How do I bring drawing into the heart of classroom learning — not as a way to develop artists, but as a thinking skill, as a language that could help students solve problems and enter different curricular material, be it a math problem or a science experiment or the journal of a historical figure? When students enter kindergarten, drawing is a natural language — stories, ideas, discoveries naturally erupt from the tip of a pencil. But quickly, students are required to learn and master writing, reading, and math. The drawing mind is shut down."
"The goal for the HATCH project is to bring together researchers and practitioners in order to explore, expand, uncover and incubate themes around drawing. HATCH is a forum for practical experimentation, collaborative initiatives, discussion and criticism, and exhibition and exposition. We hope to create and encourage an environment for drawing - and drawing conversation - that reflects the broadest investigation of methods and outcomes."
Three or four years ago a good friend of mine had a fun bachelor party consisting of visiting ten bars and pubs along the N-Juda Muni tram line: a PubCrawl.
Lisa Hosokawa's insight:
"The basic idea: to record nonstop everything I could around me with my pencil and watercolors. A drawn journal filled with details ranging from the all the coffee I drank to the different buses I took. After a whole day of drawing and walking around the city the name seemed quite fitting: “SketchCrawl” – a drawing marathon. The crawl was more tiring than I imagined but also more fun and exciting than I had thought. Giving yourself this kind of mandate for a full day changes the way you look around you. It makes you stop and see things just a tad longer, just a bit deeper … needless to say I loved it.
I soon figured out it was much more interesting to do the marathon with a group of artists instead of all by myself! And so SketchCrawl turned communal. After a whole day of drawing it proved to be amazingly interesting and inspiring to share and compare other people’s drawings and thoughts. Different takes on our surroundings, different details, different sensibilities.
The next step was making the SketchCrawl a World Wide event: having people from different corners of the world join in a day of sketching and journaling and then, thanks to the Internet, having everyone share the results on an online forum."