'DRAWING AND COGNITION' - DIANA PRZYKORSKA
CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS MA FINAL SHOW 2011 I LONDON I THE ROCHELLE SCHOOL
I believe that everyone, not only artists and designers, could benefit from drawing lessons, but only if they learn to open their minds in both - "right and left modes" consciously and deliberately.
It is widely believed that creative, drawing skills are a property of the right hemisphere of the human brain, while the logical, analytical tasks are processed by the left hemisphere. 'Drawing on the right side of the brain', as taught by Betty Edwards, is a method of switching your cognitive mode from dominant logical left-brain's to the intuitive right-brain's thinking habit. Although this cognitive-shift is a necessary step towards a wider, more visual-oriented perception, Betty Edwards' method is helpful only in the first stage of drawing lessons. When it comes to art and design, the logical cognitive mode plays an important role of conscious decision making, creative thinking and self-judging.
Many beginners of life drawing lessons tend to skip the hard part of switching to the "right-mode" of consciousness, which lets them make objective observations of whatever they are trying to draw. They excuse their lack of drawing skills by applying some far-out conceptual ideas to their work confusing it with reasoned creativity. In this project I am searching for a balance between 'drawing on the right', and 'drawing on the left side of the brain' and the benefits of conscious use of the two cognitive modes driven by the human brain. I would like to encourage artists and designers to exploit the possibilities of their right-brain, noting the importance of strong drawing skills, and persuade other artist's, who have already mastered the basic drawing skills to use their critical, logical eye, and their subjective knowledge in the process of image making.
By a series of drawing experiments, research in drawing techniques and neuroscience I wish to open a discussion about the importance of drawing in the process of creative thinking. I believe that everyone, not only artists and designers, could benefit from drawing lessons, but only if they learn to open their minds in both - "right and left modes" consciously and deliberately.