International Journal of Art & Design Education

‘Drawing Out’- a Humanist Approach to Drawing

Volume 21.2   2002



Over the past twenty-five years as an art teacher I have sought answers to three questions:
1.In what ways and to what extent can drawing practice explore both conscious and unconscious thought processes?
2.In what ways can the participant individuate his or her experience through the practice of drawing?
3.In what ways can drawing form a dialogue between personal philosophy and experience?
Referring to my own experience and pedagogy I define some of the historical, pschological and philosophical contexts for my perception of drawing, including comments from my students, in the process making no special distinction between child and adult art. I have studied the evolution of my pupil’s drawing practices and particularly those of my own children, as they assert their own perceptions and responses to experience, conceptualising feelings both sensuous and emotional through telling stories and defining realities. Throughout history the will to draw has persisted, its function differing and changing through time and cultural contexts. Beuys commented that everyone can be an artist, if they want to be; can anyone really afford not to draw?