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?
“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.”
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.