I found this very interesting article on how drawing is one of the best ways to learn, regardless of whether or not you consider yourself to be an artist. In a previous post I touched on some misconceptions about drawing and I think this article piggybacks on some of those same points. Historian D.B. Dowd wrote a book titled Stick Figures: Drawing as a Human Practice, where he argues that putting a pencil to paper shouldn’t be about making art at all. What he's saying is that drawing shouldn’t be about performance, but about process. It’s not just for the artists. Think of it as a way of observing the world and learning, something that can be done anytime, like taking notes, jotting down a thought, or sending a text.
What do you think? Do you use drawing as a form of learning in addition to drawing as a form of art-making? I definitely do! I remember drawing doodles on my notes when I was in school as a way to remember what my teacher was talking about. I also draw when I plan out ideas for other artworks, such as paintings.
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Jennifer is a visual arts teacher and artist that specializes in painting and drawing. She is passionate about teaching skills and techniques along with the process of how to make art so that her students feel empowered to make their own creative choices!
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