Head, Heart and Hand: Narrative Drawing is the First Language of the World
Drawing always was and still is our first language of communication as we grow. Culturally drawing still provides a means of expressing the values and nature of a people. The first humans made images to document their history and as a means to retell their experiences and to fulfil a deep set need to describe and connect to the world around them. As a consequence of making an image most of us inadvertently reveal a personal imprint of ourselves. My own research shows that from the very beginning of their course, every student draws/makes descriptive marks in ways that are substantially different from that of their peers. My own observations and research builds on that conducted by Dr Sperry, Dr B Edwards at CAL TEC and Vilayanur S Ramachandran Fellow of All Souls, Oxford. Findings confirm that the act of making a drawing engages the mind in ways that reveal different and complex aspects of consciousness, social function, identity and expression. Picasso said: "Art is the lie that reveals the truth". Yet drawing has never been fully understood and the subject is not seen as particularly important. My research shows how drawing can be developed not just as a tool of self-expression, but as an important carrier for mass communication, a strong counter to the globalising influence of impersonal corporate mass media. This sixty-minute workshop comprises a PowerPoint lecture presentation looking at the nature of drawing as an expressive, mass communication and counter globalising force. This will be followed by a series of drawing actives with 'audience participation' undertaking some making and critique activities. This will be an enjoyable experience to surprise, engage, delight and frustrate. But it will give a small but powerful insight into the true nature and potential of the humanising force of drawing.
Keywords: Participation Lecture and Workshop, Expressive, Propaganda, Communication, Enjoyable, Revealing
Prof. Mario Minichiello
Academic Director, Department of Art and Design School of Social Science and Humanities , Loughborough University