DRAWING AS PROCESS
Delving into the unknown students explore the creative process. The Drawing Mind video series is like working in an artists studio more than a school. There is an emphasis on experimentation: trying new materials and new approaches and not knowing what will happen. The series allows you and your students to creating and solving visual problems. The goal is not to get everyone to make art that looks the same but to find what makes us different and reveal that through our drawing.
"The Drawing Mind has helped me in ways I could never have imagined. I am observing the world more deeply and by drawing using my senses I am more connected with myself and environment"
MIXED AGE CLASSES
A cornerstone at The Drawing Mind is mixed age learning. Harkening back to the one room schoolhouse, The Drawing Mind believes that everyone learns best side by side. A six year old working alongside a 14 year old, a middle school girl drawing across from a grandmotherl. These students all learn from one another. Just because someone is older doesn’t mean they are more advanced creatively. In many cases the younger students bring an openness and experimentation to their art that the older students can learn from. Teachers learn from students. The way every student approaches their work is unique and the multi age range adds a rich and dynamic learning environment. The older kids tend to take care of the younger ones. An older student can learn alot about creativity and experimentation from a kindergartener.
REFLECTION—LOOKING AT YOUR WORK AND THE WORK OF OTHERS
Central to the Drawing Mind Video Series is learning to look at one’s own work and the work of others in a non-judgemental way. The “CRIT” is a time to learn to LOOK. What do you see? What techniques inspire you? We have times each class where we look at each others work and talk about what it was like to make the work. It is also a time to look at the work of professional artists. The Drawing Mind infuses art history moments in the classes and teach our students about how artists have expressed themselves using drawings over generations.