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Old 08-28-2016, 02:24 PM
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Hi all,

I teach a lot of beginning drawing courses at the college level, and am always looking for ways to expand the students' thinking beyond just learning measuring techniques and try to also help them to start understanding contemporary painting of the past 100 years.

In that vein, I'm looking for reading assignments that will complement the classical drawing lessons we'll also be doing.

Some good ones I'm considering for the beginners are:
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again), the chapter entitled "Art," which is meandering and strange, not quite graspable, and possibly frustrating but easy to read and entertaining.

Jackson Pollock interviewed by William Wright (found in Art in Theory 1900-2000, p. 583), which gives a good explanation to laypeople about "why" abstract expressionism now (in the 1950's),

...I'm looking for stuff that will contextualize contemporary art in some capacity, and get them to think about representation.

It's my philosophy that learning to draw is learning to see with precision, so anything I can do to get them to start putting effort into looking is good.

I'm also considering having them watch John Berger's Ways of Seeing during the 2nd week of the class.

Anything that you can recommend, or think is really good?

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Readings?!? What r readings? muh jstudjednets jerst drawn ferm de plashterkasht...
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Hi all,

I teach a lot of beginning drawing courses at the college level, and am always looking for ways to expand the students' thinking beyond just learning measuring techniques and try to also help them to start understanding contemporary painting of the past 100 years.

In that vein, I'm looking for reading assignments that will complement the classical drawing lessons we'll also be doing.

Some good ones I'm considering for the beginners are:
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again), the chapter entitled "Art," which is meandering and strange, not quite graspable, and possibly frustrating but easy to read and entertaining.

Jackson Pollock interviewed by William Wright (found in Art in Theory 1900-2000, p. 583), which gives a good explanation to laypeople about "why" abstract expressionism now (in the 1950's),

...I'm looking for stuff that will contextualize contemporary art in some capacity, and get them to think about representation.

It's my philosophy that learning to draw is learning to see with precision, so anything I can do to get them to start putting effort into looking is good.

I'm also considering having them watch John Berger's Ways of Seeing during the 2nd week of the class.

Anything that you can recommend, or think is really good?

--TB


Here is a list of art related material I like returning to:

Art & Fear by David Bayles and Tod Orland
Concerning the Spiritual in Art by Wassily Kandinsky
The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe

Along with Jon Berger's Way of Seeing, try Robert Hughes The Shock of the New and Terry Zwigoff's CRUMB. I also like listening to Dave Hickey's lectures about art.

Though I may not agree with these sources 100%, I do find that there is an overwhelming amount of jewels in them that benefit artists. Definitely has benefitted me as an artist.

One thing I always show my students is the following monologue from Art School Confidential, which contains just as much quotables:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruEaANXuFbc
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I recently did a long paper on art and the brain. I have taken out a few sources from my bibliography which might work for you. Mainly they regard how physically creating art creates a neural network different from that created by math, and the other subjects. The books by (Art Historian) Gardner are particularly good.

Bolwerk, A., Mack-Andrick, J., Lang, F. R., Dörfler, A., & Maihöfner, C. (2014). How Art Changes Your Brain: Differential Effects of Visual Art Production and Cognitive Art Evaluation on Functional Brain Connectivity. PLoS ONE, 9(7). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0101035

Dewey, J. (2005). Art as experience. New York: Berkley Pub. Group.

Lewis-Williams, J. D. (2002). The mind in the cave: consciousness and the origins of art. London: Thames & Hudson.

Hogenboom, M., (17 April 2014) Artists have structurally different brains. BBC Radio Science Retrieved February 3, 2017, from http:/www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26925271

Gardner, H. (1994). The arts and human development: a psychological study of the artistic process. New York: BasicBooks.

Gardner, H. (1982). Art, mind, and brain: a cognitive approach to creativity. New York: Basic Books.

Gombrich, E. H. (2002). Art and illusion: a study in the psychology of pictorial representation. London: Phaidon.

O’Toole, S. (2014). How art changes your brain http://www.culturecase.org

Rostan, S. M. (2010). Studio Learning: Motivation, Competence, and the Development of Young Art Students' Talent and Creativity. Creativity Research Journal, 22(3), 261-271. doi:10.1080/10400419.2010.503533

Sissa Medialab. (2013, August 9). Shape and meaning: Study explores how the brain encodes visual objects. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 8, 2017 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0809083930.htm

Zeki, S. (1998). Art and the Brain. Daedalus, 127(2), 71-103. Retrieved 4/14/17 from http://www.jstor.org/stable/20027491

Zaidel,D.W., (2010). Art and brain: insights from neuropsychology, biology and evolution. Journal of Anatomy, 216(2), 177–183. Retrieved 4/14/17 from http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7580.2009.01099.x
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Why not "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards?
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Re: Readings for Drawing Students?

There is a wonderful BBC series called "What Artists do All Day". With respects to drawing, I was especially intrigued by the episodes on:

Frank Quitely, and the one on John Byrne

The links between the working processes of these most contemporary of artists and traditional drawing is very interesting. The linkages aren't overtly made in the episodes at all, but fleeting little tidbits are there.

Then of course, there's the whole graphic art in comics and graphic novels and the overall foundation in classical drawing methods ~ and one may argue the ultimate "less is more" approach to drawing.

Another interesting series, is the four episode "Secrets of Drawing", with Andrew Graham Dixon. I'm not really into his other series, but there's such interesting stuff about drawing in the episodes I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Anyone may search for these titles online, and see what's there.
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Re: Readings for Drawing Students?

I have read these books and have helped me in developing a deeper sense of perspective.
1.)Perspective made easy by- Ernest R Norling
2.)Art of Perspective - By Phil Metzger
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Why not "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards?

While a useful book, you'd need to have a huge disclaimer that the whole "right brain/left brain" paradigm is a useful metaphor but isn't really proven through science. That's been pretty extensively disproven at this point.
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There is a wonderful BBC series called "What Artists do All Day". With respects to drawing, I was especially intrigued by the episodes on:

Frank Quitely, and the one on John Byrne

The links between the working processes of these most contemporary of artists and traditional drawing is very interesting. The linkages aren't overtly made in the episodes at all, but fleeting little tidbits are there.

Then of course, there's the whole graphic art in comics and graphic novels and the overall foundation in classical drawing methods ~ and one may argue the ultimate "less is more" approach to drawing.

Another interesting series, is the four episode "Secrets of Drawing", with Andrew Graham Dixon. I'm not really into his other series, but there's such interesting stuff about drawing in the episodes I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Anyone may search for these titles online, and see what's there.

Forgot to share that all of these I have found on Youtube.....

Totally agree, Ed, with regards to right/left brain... contemporary neuroscience says "nope". But, having said that, if it works for someone, then great, and if it doesn't work for someone, they shouldn't worry ... just keep drawing and also seeking that inspiration! Should say, did not work for me at all, not one little bit.
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Totally agree, Ed, with regards to right/left brain... contemporary neuroscience says "nope". But, having said that, if it works for someone, then great, and if it doesn't work for someone, they shouldn't worry ... just keep drawing and also seeking that inspiration! Should say, did not work for me at all, not one little bit.

Yeah, I don't mind it as a metaphor but just don't act like it's Science That Everybody Believes In.
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Yeah, I don't mind it as a metaphor but just don't act like it's Science That Everybody Believes In.
Well put!

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