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Why do we need to know how to draw anyways???


Why is it if I draw like this...

After a conversation, about the benefits of drawing, with a previous professor at the local coffee shop. I started to think about the current pedagogy of teaching the practice of creating fine art.

If drawing is the basis of art, as I am told, then why don’t you need to be able to draw to be an artist these days. Now some people might disagree with me, but please finish reading until you post a comment.

I think that there are very good lesson learned from drawing such as; understanding the difference between what you see and what you think you see, understanding how/why you make the marks that you make, and refining ideas. In my undergrad experience I had to take six drawing classes and only two of those classes actually taught me the lessons above. The reason is because before drawing 3/4 we did small task based assignments (contour line, inner contour line, perspective). I don’t disagree with learning these things, but I do disagree with the way they were taught. Because they were treated as isolated assignments I just wanted to get them done and over with.

I can conceptualize things like this

I can conceptualize things like this

That was drawing 1/2 and then I ended up in drawing 3/4 the atmosphere changed. The class wasn’t treated as a “class” but more of a workshop. We came in and drew vigorously from life for two hours and then reflected on the drawings, learning and thinking after every step.
I think that it is the process of making – reflecting – acting – making, in which became the invaluable lesson of drawing.

I think that after you realize this process in drawing you can apply it to any other form of art without sitting down and drawing. For me it is most appropriate for an idea to spring into my head – then sit on it – then do some samples – then make it. Because I don’t sit down and do a detailed sketch of exactly what it will look like give me the flexibility to evolve alongside the piece.

At some point “drawing” becomes more of a technical problem instead of a learning dialogue. I think it is time to acknowledge this. By doing so we can substitute what we can learn from most processes what we learn from drawing, therefore turning drawing into a mere technical problem.

Well the Michigan and flordia delegate are being counted.

If its one thing I’ve learned is that in this country if you bitch and moan enough you will eventually get your way. If Hillary would have been leading in the delegate count I doubt she would have made such a big deal about these delegate votes. As it stands she needs these votes to even be competitive in the run for office.

Another thing is the simple fact that nobody plays by the rules ne more. Its always changing the rules for the benefit of the individual. Its like we are a nation of 5 year olds playing in the back yard. For me, when I step into a situation I understand that there are guidlines set for how to act, respond , and generally conduct myself. I know when I don’t live up to those expectations I shouldn’t deserve better than what I get. In many of my classes in college, there are many times where a teacher will back down from giving out an assignment when the class whines about it, instead of stepping up to the challenge and tackling it head on. ┬áIf this decision say nothing else it day that as long as you complain enough you will get your way, because apparently this country has lost what it means to play by the rules.

Vitamain D will rot your brain

Ok, the title is a little harsh but that’s pretty much what I thought about this article when I read it. It starts out with broad assumptions/generalizations, and especially in this postmodern time that we are in creating those type of generalizations are more often than not WRONG.

What this article did do was open up the idea of drawing to include are more diverse definition of drawing. Instead of defining drawing as a skill the article was talking about how drawing was a state of being/finding where you are in the universe. This little pearl of wisdom became interesting because it removed drawing from a rigorous process of paper and drawing utensil. It allows an idea to take precedence over the specific process.

When we limit ourselves to living by rigorous rules of process within a certain discipline we lose the ability to see the forest from the trees. Experimentation and disregard for the modernist interpretations of materials and processes is where we are at, and drawing helped us get there. Because without the ability to draw, again when I say draw I am not referring to pencil/charcoal/ink and paper but a broader sense of using tools to figure out where a specific person is in the universe, we would have never arrived at many of the destinations we are at now. I doubt even this blog.