Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is one of the most effective teaching methods for drawing ever developed. In this tutorial, the participant will be introduced to the underlying theory behind the method. The bulk of the session will involve practical hands-on exercises, which demonstrate the participants ability to learn to draw, and to learn to "see things more clearly."
In this tutorial you will learn basic strategies for accessing the visual, perceptual mode of thinking. This type of thinking is learned through the acquisition of very basic drawing skills and the acquisition of an understanding of the nature of drawing.
Learning to draw means learning to see things differently-- to see in ways not used in ordinary life. Once learned, drawing can be used to record what you see, either in reality or in your mind's eye, in a manner not totally unlike the way we can record our thoughts and ideas in words. In this intensive workshop, the participant is introduced to the perceptual skills necessary for realistic drawing and for seeing things "as they are."
Drawing is an active, creative and self-directed process, causing a slowing-down of close observation that leads to a "different way of seeing".
This course is especially designed for people who perhaps believe that learning to draw well is possible only for those lucky persons with inborn talent. For over a decade, Betty Edwards has disproved this widely held belief. Given proper instruction, the basic perceptual skills of drawing can be taught and can be learned in a short amount of time.
The basis of the teaching technique used in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the differences between the functions of the left hemisphere of the brain and the right hemisphere of the brain as established by scientific research. This research is largely derived from the work of Nobel prize winning neurobiologist, Roger W. Sperry, whose work was first published in 1968. Sperry was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1981.
Sperry found that the two hemispheres of the brain use two different styles of information processing, with both hemispheres working at high, human levels of cognition. This contradicted previous convictions that only the left, verbal hemisphere was capable of human level cognition.
Sperry determined that, for reasons as yet unclear, the two hemispheres of the human brain are specialized for two fundamentally different ways of thinking. Continued research by scientists such as Jerre Levy, Michael Gazzaniga, Eron Zaidel and others, went on to establish more specifically the characteristics of the right hemisphere in comparison to the left.
The two-hour video lessons entitled "Seven Lessons to Enhance Your Creative and Artistic Self-Confidence" are the same as those used in the five-day class. These lessons guide you through the step-by-step process of learning to draw. They are designed for people who believe that they cannot draw and probably could never learn. For those of you who are teaching drawing, the lessons should be helpful as a teaching tool.
Over the last decade, Dr. Edwards has refined her material through teaching hundreds of workshops and seminars. Truly The New Drawing on the Right Side
of the Brain, this edition includes:
* the very latest developments in brain research;
* new material on using drawing techniques in the corporate world and
* instruction on self-expression through drawing;
* an updated section on using color; and
* detailed information on using the five basic skills of drawing for
About the Author
Dr. Betty Edwards is Professor Emeritus in Art at California State University in Long Beach. She has been profiled by the Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Times, Reader's Digest, Time magazine, New York magazine, Intuition magazine, and the Today show. She speaks about the relationship of drawing to brain process at universities, art schools, and major corporations, including IBM, General Electric, and Disney. She lives in Santa Monica, California.