Psychologists, neurologists and researchers are writing about the results of these studies, helping us to understand and making us enthusiastic about the results obtained by those using these techniques. I am and I feeltherefore I think".
Part of the problem is that I become frustrated at how difficult it is to draw accurately and in proportion, and invariably put away my pencils and sketchbooks after a series of failures. And then, a year or two later, I try again, with a new how-to-draw book and vigor, only to repeat the process.
Recently I unearthed my box of accumulated art supplies and drawing books, and noticed the orange spine of Betty Ed I've had several abortive attempts to learn to draw and paint over the last ten years. Recently I unearthed my box of accumulated art supplies and drawing books, and noticed the orange spine of Betty Edwards Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.
This is the most often recommended title for beginners. I recalled reading a bit of it years ago, and setting it aside because the exercises seemed rather complicated and required the use of tools.
So, I decided to give it another try. I read it carefully from cover to cover before doing any drawing. Then, I ordered the recommended tools these can be made inexpensively but I opted to just buy them from the author's website and have been practicing these exercises ever since.
Though much of information Edwards presents in her book isn't unique, the way she teaches it helped facilitate understanding for me in ways I never had before. My entire approach to drawing has changed dramatically and I finally feel like it is something I can eventually master.
Edwards believes that drawing accurately is something can be taught, much like driving or learning a new language. Though some people will learn more quickly than others, most people can obtain a basic level of profiency through learning and practice. I don't know why I never thought about it like that before!
Artistic talent is often though of as innate, but in reality it is a set of skills. Edwards contends that the only "talent" necessary for drawing is the ability to write legibly; if you can do that, you can learn to draw. Much of the beginning of the book sets forth Edwards' theory on neurology and how it affects the way we conceptualize drawing.
Though most of this was written decades ago the book has gone through several editions and Edwards' theories about brain sided-ness have been disproven, a lot of her framework rings true.
By necessity of language, people think symbolically - words represent objects. But, artists think visually and this is what she teaches - how to think and see like an artist. For example, if I were attempting to draw a lamp, Edward would suggest that I stop thinking of it as a lamp.
It is a series of basic shapes that are connected to each other in various proportions. So, I would try to see the lamp as a partly a square connected to a cylinder, an oval, etc.
By seeing objects as a sum of shapes, a beginning artist can resist the temptation to draw her own concept of what that object should look like. Edwards believes that this tendency to revert to symbolic thinking is what hampers beginning artist.
She illustrates this concept brilliantly in a fascinating early chapter about children's drawings, showing how almost universally, children adopt symbols representative of what they wish to draw.
Heads are circles, smiles are elongated "U"s. Once this pattern gets set cognitively, it's difficult to draw a head that isn't a circle. And heads are not circles! Edwards takes the reader through a series of exercises to show how much we tend to draw symbolically.
In one exercise, a line drawing of a seated man is flipped upside down and we are instructed to draw it.
It forces us to draw visually, as our brain doesn't process upside-down drawings as symbols. I remember drawing the circles of the man's glasses, not even realizing what they were! Most people will draw the upside-down image better than the right-side up image.
Each subsequent chapter introduces various accuracy skills: She employs time honored tools such as picture planes to assist the beginner in seeing their subjects visually.
Later chapters address drawing faces and using color. But I am really happy that I re-read this book and dived into its challenges. Thanks to Betty Edwards for teaching so many people that they can learn to draw.Left vs. Right Brain: How Does This Impact Learning Introduction The concept of brain based learning is quite novice for the field of education and research on the concept and its practical application is still ongoing.
Brain Research publishes papers reporting interdisciplinary investigations of nervous system structure and function that are of general interest to. Just as interesting, the right-handed children of left-handed mothers experience cognitive deficits at levels similar to lefties as a whole.
This suggests that rather than some defect in brain . - THE LEFT BRAIN VS THE RIGHT BRAIN: HOW DOES THIS IMPACT LEARNING The purpose of this paper is to determine whether or not different teaching styles have a impact on learning when focused on individual hemispheric differences.
PSYCHOSOCIAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LEFT-HANDED AND RIGHT-HANDED CHILDREN A Thesis By left-handed child. One thing that research indicates is that suffering anxiety has.
3 population were left handed or right handed (Coates, ; DeYoung et al., ). How Right-Brain vs. Left-Brain Thinking Impacts Learning. Curriculum–In order to be more “whole-brained” in their orientation, schools need to give equal weight to the arts, creativity, and the skills of imagination and synthesis..
Instruction–To foster a more whole-brained scholastic experience, teachers should use instruction techniques that connect with both sides of the brain.