Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain : A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence: definitive 4th edition

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain : A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence: definitive 4th edition
Author: Betty Edwards
Rating: 3.86
Bestsellers Rate: 78417
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: None
Pages: 320
Hours of reading: 5.3 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 19,48 €

About the book

OVER 3 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE 'You will quickly amaze and delight yourself. Hands down the best and most life-enhancing thing I've done in lockdown' India Knight, Sunday Times Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing instruction book. Whether you are a professional, a student, or enjoy art as a hobby, Betty Edwards' practical step-by-step guide will give you greater confidence in your ability, deepen your artistic perception and provide a new way to appreciate the way you perceive the world around you. This groundbreaking guide includes: - Expert advice on materials to use and how to record your progress - Specific focus on perceiving edges, spaces and relationships within your drawings - Problem-solving techniques and guidance on continued development of your skills Blending artistic teaching with psychology, Betty Edwards offers a practical grounding in drawing technique with exercises designed to help you utilise the intuitive and creative right side of your brain, dramatically improving your ability to draw.




Think you can't draw? You absolutely can. Buy a copy of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards (in print since 1979 for good reason) and read it properly - no skipping straight to the exercises - before sitting down with paper and pencil and following instructions. You will quickly amaze and delight yourself. Hands down the best and most life-enhancing thing I've done in lockdown -- India Knight * Sunday Times * Clear, intelligent ... practical and sensible ... It is an essential beginning * The Artist * Not only a book about drawing, it is a book about living. This brilliant approach to the teaching of drawing... should not be dismissed as a mere text. It emancipates * LA Times * This innovative, landmark book should be required reading for all art students * American Artist * A landmark in drawing tuition * Leisure Painter * I'd recommend the book highly - there's literally no downside * Management Today *

Betty Edwards Biography

Betty Edwards (born 1926 in San Francisco, California) is an American art teacher and author best known for her 1979 book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (as of April 2012, in its 4th edition). She taught and did research at the California State University, Long Beach, until she retired in the late 1990s. While there, she founded the Center for the Educational Applications of Brain Hemisphere Research.

Professional life

She received a Bachelor's in Art from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, 1947), a Master's of Art from California State University, Northridge, and a Doctorate in Art, Education, and Psychology from UCLA (1976). Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain has remained the dominant book on its subject, used as a standard text in many art schools, and has been translated and published in many foreign languages, including French, Spanish, German, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese, and Japanese. Her company, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, develops special drawing tools, materials, and videos to help individuals learn to draw. An artist and painter, she taught at high school level in the Los Angeles public school district (Venice High School), then at community college, and from 1978 until her retirement in 1991, in the Art Department at California State University, Long Beach. All of her teaching experience has been in art: drawing, painting, art history, art-teacher training, and color theory. In addition to teaching drawing workshops around the world, she has also done business consulting with major national and international corporations to enhance creative problem solving.

Theories on drawing and brain function

Edwards's method of drawing and teaching was revolutionary when she published it in 1979. It received an immediate positive response, and is now widely accepted by artists, teachers, and others around the world. Underlying the method is the notion that the brain has two ways of perceiving and processing reality – one verbal and analytic, the other visual and perceptual. Edwards' method advocates suppressing the former in favor of the latter. It focuses on disregarding preconceived notions of what the drawn object should look like, and on individually "seeing". Drawing, says Edwards, has five component skills of perception and drawing: Edges and lines (includes copying drawings and contour drawing exercises) Negative space (i.e. space between items) Relationships (i.e. perspective and proportion between things) Light and shadows (shading) The whole: gestalt which emerges as the first four are taught Then there are two additional skills, numbers 6 and 7: Drawing from memory Drawing from imaginationEdwards's early work was based in part on her understanding of neuroscience, especially the cerebral hemisphere research which suggested that the two hemispheres of the brain have different functions. To avoid the so-called "location controversy" (how the two major cognitive functions are dis ... Read full biography

Authors: Betty Edwards
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Imprint: Souvenir Press Ltd
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9780285641778
ISBN10: 0285641778
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Edition Statement: Main
Illustrations: None
Literature Country: None
Literature Period: None
Book Format: Hardback
Book Binding: None
Paper: None
Font: None
Pages: 320
Book Weight: 770
Book Dimensions: 192x232x20
Circulation: None
Publication date: April 1, 2013
First Publication Date: None
Publication City/Country: United Kingdom

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