Betty Edwards – Drawing on the Artist Within
We have become accustomed to thinking of artistic ability as basically unteachable…Moreover, many…have shared the unspoken belief that artistic abilities are largely non-essential…
I propose that learning to see and draw is a very efficient way to train the visual system, just as learning to read and write can efficiently train the verbal system. That is not to say that the visual system is better, morally or otherwise, than the verbal system. But the two systems are different. And when trained as equal partners, one mode of thinking enhances the other, and together the two modes can release human creativity.
My claim is quite modest…Through learning to draw perceived objects or persons, you can learn new ways of seeing that guide strategies in creative thinking and problem solving just as, through learning to read, you acquire verbal knowledge and learn the strategies of logical, analytical thought…And you will have taken a giant step toward attaining a modern brain.
Victor Lowenfeld: via Betty Edwards – Drawing on the Artist Within
We have to regard it our sacred responsibility to unfold and develop each individual’s creative ability as dim as the spark may be and kindle it to whatever flame it may conceivably develop. (Basics of Creative Thinking – 1961)
Robyn Krowicky – singing/piano teacher
Music engages both sides of the brain.
My 17 year old daughter
Sight reading and singing at the same time engages both sides of the brain.
John Anderson – ‘Open House’ interview – paraphrase
Beliefs, values, behaviour, ethics, policy.
Unsure who it was I read or heard this from but…perhaps Dr Hugh Mackay
We tend to practice what is natural or what we know already rather than practicing what is unfamiliar to further develop it.
Mick and Ruby Duncan – Alongsiders
Work from your weaknesses.
So, be holistic! Practice holistically, attend to your whole being.
We were made in the image of The Creator.
If (as I have repeatedly heard in recent years) men are naturally drawn to the ‘visual’ and women to the ‘verbal’, which should we practice more?
Have we been re-creating lopsided monsters instead of holistic persons?
That is all.