Why Draw?

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Drawing is a good beginning for making art and drawing the visible world about us helps us to sharpen our focus and understanding of the world at large and the relationships between things. Whether we use conventional drawing materials or paints etc. we ‘draw’ from observation and this is the cornerstone of Art Classes Suffolk’s teaching.

Drawing is an enriching, clarifying activity. Its’ applications and benefits are endless. It develops specific and transferable skills that can be widely applied. It helps us to visualise, clarify, order and direct ideas. It records and describes. Most important though, drawing enhances our reality, it reveals those things otherwise hidden from us and it therefore brings everything more sharply into focus.

Understandably many have spoken up about the power of drawing. Here are some quotes to ponder:

Alain de Botton (b.1969)   The very act of drawing an object, however badly, swiftly takes the drawer from a woolly sense of what the object looks like to a precise awareness of its component parts and particularities.

Keith Haring  (b.1963)   My contribution to the world is my ability to draw… Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic.

Jim Dine (born 1935)   Drawing makes invention more accessible for me. Faster. Immediate. I start a drawing and I start to invent. 

Eva Jiricna (born 1939)  I sketch all the time, I am surrounded by endless amounts of A3 and A4 size pads. I am constantly trying to resolve problems and details. I have a necessity to know what a detail looks like – how the materials come together, how it works in three-dimensions. If I draw it for myself, I understand it. If I try to imagine it, it is too whimsical. Sketching is a tool – an extension of one’s brain.  

John Ruskin (1819 – 1900)   The art of drawing which is of more real importance to the human race than that of writing…should be taught to every child just as writing is.  

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832)   We should talk less and draw more. Personally I would like to renounce speech altogether, and like organic nature, communicate everything I have to say in sketches.  

Michelangelo (1475 – 1564)   Let whoever may have attained to so much as to have the power of drawing know that he holds a great treasure.