Past Thinking through Drawing symposia

2012 Thinking through Drawing: Drawing in STEAM

Thinking through Drawing 2012. The event brought together artists, educators, scientists, medical practitioners, philosophers, engineers, computer scientists, and more, to examine the uses of drawing across Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

A highlight of the symposium was the practical emphasis, with communal drawings on walls and floors, and dynamic inventive workshops using and exploring drawing in a wide range of ways.

Conference proceedings will be published in 2013 in a special edition of Tracey drawing journal, on Drawing and Cognition. Video footage of presentations and workshops will also be available in 2013.

How is drawing used within and between these disciplines? What is the relationship between drawing in the Arts and STEM subjects? What is our current understanding of drawing, cognition and learning, and how is it contributing to curriculum development and instructional design in these areas?

Thinking through Drawing 2012 addressed these issues, exploring learning and teaching practices and new research directions. The symposium functioned as an active discursive platform in which we considered the place of drawing across disciplines and professions.  We were joined by colleagues from around the world in order to share practice and discussion across countries as well as disciplines.

2011  Thinking through Drawing: Practice into Knowledge

The 2 day interdisciplinary symposium brought together artists, cognitive scientists 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 symposium offered a rare opportunity for academics from drawing research, psychology, neuroscience, computer science and art education to present and discuss the relevance of their research findings to each others’ research and practice.

This symposium grew out of discussions on drawing and cognition,  which began at the Drawing Research Network’s 2010 conference, between Angela Brew (UAL), Michelle Fava (Loughborough), and Andrea  Kantrowitz (Teachers College).