Drawing on skills…

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drawing by: Ben Gregg

In an age where everyone snaps photos with their phone – does anyone need to draw?  Is there any point in it being taught in schools?  Here’s one point:

“It fundamentally enables the visualisation and development of perceptions and ideas.”

That’s just one of the many arguments for drawing in a passionate article in the Guardian, admittedly by the Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Anita Taylor – so it’s obvious which side of this discussion she will take.

But is drawing a practical skill?

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“Alongside a need for drawing skills for those entering employment identified by a range of industries in the creative sectors – animation, architecture, design, fashion, film, theatre, performance and the communication industries – drawing is also widely used within a range of other professions as a means to develop, document, explore, explain, interrogate and plan. This includes the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine and sport.”

full article viewable at https://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2014/may/29/drawing-needs-to-be-curriculum-essential-education

 

At schools (whisper this quietly) pupils have always and instinctively drawn as part of their classes, whatever the subject.  Doodles, scribbled boxes repeatedly in the margins of boring textbooks – or even, occasionally as an excellent way of taking down complicated descriptions, plans and notes.

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