The perceptual foundations of drawing ability

Chamberlain, Rebecca and Riley, Howard and McManus, Chris and Rankin, Qona and Brunswick, Nicola (2011) The perceptual foundations of drawing ability. In: Thinking through drawing: practice into knowledge: proceedings of an interdisciplinary symposium on drawing, cognition and education. Kantrowitz, Andrea and Brew, Angela and Fava, Michelle, eds. Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, pp. 95-102.

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Observational drawing is fundamental to artistic practice, by enhancing perceptual processing (Kozbelt, 2001; Seeley & Kozbelt, 2008) and creativity (Chan & Zhao, 2010; Pratt, 1985) regardless of an artist’s specialist medium. However, the perceptual and memorial processes underlying drawing ability remain poorly characterized. The aim of this exploratory study was to measure the contribution of visual long-term memory, visual perception and attitudes and abilities in education, to drawing. Long term memory was found to be correlated with drawing ability, confirming previous findings (McManus et al., 2010). Specific visual perceptual faculties such as the identification and reproduction of geometric characteristics also accounted for a proportion of the variability in drawing ability. However, learning disabilities such as dyslexia were not predictive of inaccurate drawing. In light of these findings, pedagogical methods are proposed using an Eight Step Strategy, which focuses upon elements of the visual scene such as figure/ground and spatial relationships.

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Symposium - 28 to 29 October, 2011

Research Areas:A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
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