Thoughts on Drawing

The semester is drawing to an end at both RISD and Wellesley College. At the end of the semester, I ask students from both schools to fill out a “Final Self-Critique” form that allows them to take the time to think about and reflect upon their experience in class this semester. The process is an important from both ends:  students are able to articulate what their accomplishments, realizations, and areas to improve, while I’m able to get further insight on their thoughts.

After reading through the self-critique forms, I compile anonymous excerpts from the forms and send them to the class.  Below I’ve listed some excerpts from my Freshman Drawing course at RISD, and my Drawing I course at Wellesley College.   The excerpts have an amazing range of thoughts and opinions:  they’re insightful, intelligent, funny, revealing, engaging, serious, and much more.

If I don’t put it down on paper, I’ll never know what might have happened
with it.

I think this class was about learning how to learn.

I realized that it was impossible to get people understand my drawing when I
myself couldn’t really understand what I was doing.

What may seem like a good idea to me may seem like a bad one to everyone
else.

I’ve learned that there are so many other ways to go. It’s like I was living
in the first dimension unaware of all other possibilities, but now, I know
that there are infinities of infinities that I can explore.

I learned that I still don’t know much about myself.

I’ve learned that I must think about everything I do and the effect it will
have because when I don’t, someone will most definitely notice and comment
on it.

For the first time, I am excited to do work that has a purpose.

I guess I have to lose myself to be able to find myself again.

I find that I am most interested in an assignment if I have an innovative concept.

I think the most valuable habit I gained from this course is almost a new way of viewing the world. Now, nearly everywhere I look I think about how I would approach what I see in a drawing.

I feel that I learned most from the assignments where I made the most mistakes.

I learned how to look at the things around me not as single objects but as a compositional unity.

With each drawing I went through so many emotions, frustration, fear, anger excitement.

I also learned that it will get worse before it gets better.

I feel less of a need to have my drawings look a specific way and instead let them morph into what they can be.


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One thought on “Thoughts on Drawing

  1. Wow! Those really ARE interesting comments. I’m learning to draw now and boy, can I understand this comment: “With each drawing I went through so many emotions, frustration, fear, anger, excitement.”

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