Drawing is a form of purposeful mark making.
It is natural to draw as a child. Drawing starts with a child's fascination with the mark that can be made, by crayon or stick, and later develops as a way of using symbols to create and express abstract and inner thoughts.
Drawing helps us to reflect on the world around us. Drawing shows ourselves, and the world, that we are here!
Drawing is a visual way of thinking and is a natural reaction to life.
So what goes wrong? Why do so many people stop drawing and suppress their natural creativity?
I think children's drawings are highly creative and wonderful; but there comes a stage when children need to be taught how to draw, so they can continue to express themselves with purposeful mark making.
Children can make a noise on a musical instrument, but they need to be taught, over many years, before they can become competent at playing music well.
But a young child's first drawings are often highly imaginative and sensitive in a way their first musical notes may not be!
Sadly, there is often not an educational structure or platform to help children learn the basic steps to draw well. Drawing can be taught in a structured way. Just as you can learn to play a musical instrument well, you can be taught to draw well. Drawing is a skill to acquire over a period of time. If you would like to learn, you can be taught, whatever your age, it is never too late!
Not everyone will be a great musician, or a great artist, but that is not the point! Art is about self expression, heightened awareness and heightened imagination.
So would you like to learn to draw well?
Tom McPherson's blog on art and creativity.