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Drawing ‐ learning: Letting art teach

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Contextualized through the writing of Gert Biesta, this research proposes that as both artists and educators we should 'let art teach'. It proposes a position for student and teacher that focuses upon developing a curiosity-driven desire for meaningful dialogue with the world through broader educational and existential experience. In this context, and seen through the lens of drawing artist, musician, educator and postgraduate researcher, the article invites a first-person reflective discussion of two experiments from the author's ongoing practice-led research, which bring together an embodied knowledge of music and drawing practice, to uncover how drawing may be valued as an enactive physical, cognitive and perceptual process of poesis. By moving beyond the self-conscious desire to make an artwork, the experiments using blind drawing, bilateral mark-making and sound engage with ideas of 'unknowing' and Biesta's notion of 'interruption' to explore how drawing may offer access to different types of learning. Standing inside my practice, I understand that in the act of drawing, I can neither fail to generate ideas, escape my own existence, nor leave a mark upon the world.
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Keywords: art; dialogue; drawing; education; learning; phenomenology; teaching

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2019

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  • Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice promotes and disseminates drawing research with a focus on contemporary practice and its theoretical context. This journal seeks to reestablish the materiality of drawing as a medium at a time when virtual, on-line, electronic media dominates visuality and communication.

    This peer-reviewed publication represents drawing as a significant discipline in its own right and in a diversity of forms: as an experimental practice, as research, as representation and/or documentation, as historical and/or theoretical exploration, as process or as performance. It explores the drawing discipline across fine art, science and engineering, media and communication, psychology, architecture, design, science and technology, textiles, fashion, social and cultural practices.

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