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.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Additional Information:||Symposium - 28 to 29 October, 2011|
|Research Areas:||A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology|
|Depositing User:||Dr Nicola Brunswick|
|Date Deposited:||22 Jun 2012 07:24|
|Last Modified:||09 Mar 2015 16:25|
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