CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS MA FINAL SHOW 2011 I LONDON I THE ROCHELLE SCHOOL

'DRAWING AND COGNITION' - DIANA PRZYKORSKA

It is widely believed that artistic, 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 learning drawing. When it comes to art and design, the left hemisphere plays an important role of conscious decision making, creative thinking and self-judging. Many artists tend to limit their creative thinking by 'blindly' copying what is in from of them. Other confuse wild, far-out, impractical ideas with creativity. In this project I am searching for a balance between 'drawing on the right', and 'drawing on the left side of the brain'. I would like to encourage artists and designers to exploit the possibilities of their right-brain, noting the importance of basic drawing skills, and persuade other artist's, who have those drawing skills, to use their critical, logical eye, and their subjective knowledge in the process of image making.