Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
About the book
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing instruction book. Whether you feel you hve little talent and you doubt you could ever learn, or you enjoy drawing but have been unable to get much beyond a childlike level, this book will show you how to gain the skill that you have always wanted. If you are already drawing as a professional artist or are an artist-in-training, it will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception. This new edition has been dramatically revised, with more than 50 per cent new material, including: Recent developments in brain research that relate to drawing New insights on the use of drawing techniques in the corporate world and in education Instruction on self-expression through drawing Ways to step beyond black and white drawing into colour Detailed advice on how to apply the five basic skills of drawing to solve problems See how the astonishing success of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - responsible for teaching millions to draw - can work for you, too.
'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.' Los Angeles Times
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 lifeShe 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 functionEdwards'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
|Languages:||| English ||
|Edition Statement:||Exp. and updated ed.|
|Illustrations:||Illustrations, black and white|
|Publication date:||Oct. 5, 2011|
|First Publication Date:||None|
|Publication City/Country:||London, United Kingdom|