Interweavings: Pedagogy, Methodology and Research ☆

The 3rd Annual International

Thinking through Drawing Symposium

& Drawing Research Network Conference:

24th – 26th of October, 2013

at Teachers College, Columbia University and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York

What is drawing for? What can it do? What can we do with it?

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Thinking through Drawing symposium in conjunction with the annual Drawing Research Network conference.

A wide variety of workshops, discussions, presentations and panels in studios and museum galleries will address the following questions:

  • What methods do artists, and others who draw as part of their professional practice, have to offer researchers and educators in a variety of disciplines?
  • How might the teaching and learning of and with drawing provide rich inspiration for research?
  • Can the act of drawing itself be a form of research, and if so, what methods might reveal this particular function of drawing?

Drawing is rarely a pure thing: practice shapes research, pedagogy shapes practice, and research shapes both. As we think with, through and about drawing, how might pedagogy, methodology and research inform one another? We look forward to exploring interweavings between these aspects of drawing in art, cognitive science and education.

Interdisciplinary research conducted by members of the International Drawing and Cognition Research network suggests that our growing understanding of the cognitive skills involved in drawing can be put to practical use across various arenas, from the K-12 classroom to the training of surgeons. This research was presented at the first Thinking through Drawing symposium at Teachers College in the fall of 2011, and the second at the University of the Arts in London, UK, in the fall of 2012. The symposia brought together artists, performers, cognitive scientists, medical practitioners, philosophers and art educators to consider the relationships between drawing and cognition. Researchers across geographical and disciplinary borders addressed how recent findings from cognitive psychology and neurosciences can inform arts education, with a particular emphasis on drawing. The mix of practitioners, researchers and scholars from the arts and cognitive sciences made the interchanges challenging, exciting and forward-looking. Resulting publications have garnered much critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic (see links below).

Your input is vital as workers in the field of drawing and drawing research: we need your support and submissions of work for consideration.

The symposium is calling for your proposals for: workshops, chaired discussions on drawing subject matter that you would wish be explored, presentations of practice (both arts and other) involving drawing, and proposals for panels.

The symposia series and the IDCR research network are supported by Teachers College, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the CCW Graduate School University of the Arts London, and Loughborough University.

Note: Please don’t forget to send your submissions for the Drawing Research Network partner conference. Go to:

† Drawn submissions, academic papers, performance proposals, drawing pieces for the exhibition.