International Journal of Art & Design Education

Drawing: What it is and why it has traditionally held a special place in the Art Programme

Volume 8.3   1989



For the art school, the validity of drawing as a central art discipline is founded on the Renaissance concept of drawing as the wellspring of artistic understanding and creation. Linear perspective is a Florentine invention, constructed on quasi-mathematical principles consistent with the way space is perceived by the eye. Other systems diminished in importance at that time. The continuance of this place for drawing in the art programme necessitates an examination of drawing's traditional procedures and forms within the context of the art school in the late 20th century, and 20th century art.