Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook : The Definitive, Updated 2nd Edition

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook : The Definitive, Updated 2nd Edition
Author: Betty Edwards
Rating: 4.25
Bestsellers Rate: 20073
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Book Format: Spiral bound
Binding: None
Pages: 176
Hours of reading: 2.9 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 20,12 €

About the book

A fully revised and updated edition of the essential companion to Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain--over half of the exercises are new! Millions of people around the world have learned to draw using the methods outlined in Dr. Betty Edwards's groundbreaking Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. In this workbook, the essential companion to her international bestseller, Edwards offers readers the key to truly mastering the art of drawing: guided practice in the five foundational skills of drawing. Each of the forty carefully constructed exercises in this updated second edition is accompanied by brief instruction, sample drawings, ready made formats and blank pages on which to draw, and helpful post-exercise pointers. You will explore wide-ranging subject matter--still life, landscape, imaginative drawing, portraits, and the figure--and gain experience with various mediums, such as pen and ink, charcoal, and Conte crayon. Learning to draw is very much like mastering a sport or a musical instrument: once you understand the basic skills, you must practice, practice, practice. This brilliantly designed and practical workbook from a world-renowned art teacher offers the perfect opportunity to improve your skills and expand your repertoire.

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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
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Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Imprint: Jeremy P Tarcher
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9781585429226
ISBN10: 1585429228
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Edition Statement: 2nd Revised ed.
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Book Format: Spiral bound
Book Binding: None
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Pages: 176
Book Weight: 516
Book Dimensions: 229x276x18
Circulation: None
Publication date: April 26, 2012
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Publication City/Country: Los Angeles, United States

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