THE SEVEN T’S

DRAW? YOU CAN!  There are seven T’s to my drawing instruction method.  This “system” evolved piece by piece.  One of the first pieces was during an art history lecture.  I mentioned that as an artist and as a creative person, I felt at times throughout my life as though I was handicapped in some way. Or, more correctly, it was that through personal experiences that non-artists made me feel not only different but, as if I was handicapped. A student raised her hand. She said she was an art major and that I had it all wrong. “We,” she said, “are not handicapped, they are.” I obviously never forgot it. The proverbial line in the sand now had a whole new meaning to me as a result of her insight.

We, the artists, are not handicapped because we have learned, or more correctly, have not been denied, the training or exposure to the process of solving problems in a very progressive way. This process is not commonly used in most schools. We know how to solve complicated problems, even if they are only visual problems. In order to solve these visual problems, we use or are forced to use the right side of our brains. Dr. Betty Edwards wrote about this in her book – Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

But the ability to understand this process can be transferred into everyday problem solving. Why? I think the simple answer is this – we quickly learn that everything is connected. Not one element of the composition we are creating within the two-dimensional space we have chosen may be altered or corrected or deleted without affecting another element.  One of the greatest challenges I ever had teaching involved a woman who was very frustrated that she could not follow my instructions.

One of the seven T’s of my method, the first of the Seven T’s to Drawing© (still thinking it through) is – do not think – just do what the teacher says. This comes as a bit of a shock to most people. It’s not a power trip! Although I’ll get into this first point more specifically in a subsequent posting, not allowing students to think at the earliest stages of their development as proficient observers and mark makers is that the logical part of our brain is always trying to override reality.

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