The Importance of Learning Art Through Drawing

By Luz del Carmen Vilchis Esquivel.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Form is one of the most important categories in the teaching of artistic drawing. Its origin and levels of complexity form a structure characterized – according to Paul Klee in The Thinking Eye – by interpretation of and relationship between the parts, whose process is essential to conceive the definitive character in which formation determines the form, different interaction modes bring about multiple forms.
The study of artistic drawing is based on the study and reflection of the form, which is subdivided into elements that describe its kinetic energy and spatial dimensions, tensions, and internal and external relationships, but that in its totality releases symbolism and expressivity; from it, arises an entire conceptual structure that allows developing any discourse on making.
Language, in its character of a mental construction that allows abstracting a concept associated with a particular object from reality, has never changed its way of dominating the identity of objects through the idea of form. Understanding it has to do with the determination of its properties, with diversity, and with shared essence. To see, to know how to see, involves learning to detain our eyes on the forms and their characteristics; it implicates the development of qualities and aptitudes of analysis and observation.
Thus, educational action in visual arts is conceived as a communicative relationship that makes references to previous knowledge and that does not cease in the physical limits of visual representation because it also has a cognitive nature that appeals to memory, time and graphic representation.

Keywords: Learning, Arts, Drawing

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.79-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.115MB).

Prof. Luz del Carmen Vilchis Esquivel

Professor, Visual Arts Postgraduate Program, National School of Visual Arts, National Autonomous University of Mexico, México, DF, México, DF, Mexico

Professor in Posgraduate Program of National School of Visual Arts in National Autonomous University of Mexico. Pioneer in Mexico using digital resources in arts and design. First woman director of National School of Visual Arts at UNAM (2002-2006), has published four books about Graphic Design Theory, Graphic Design Metodology, Non-linear languages semiotics and Graphic Design Hermeneutics, 32 research papers and 18 didactic manuals. Manager from two diferent firms: a technologic center and a graphic design place. Teacher during 30 years, is oficial tutor from postgraduate program in the lines of researching projects, semiotic and hermeneutic studies; participating in academic events in Mexico, Dominicana Republic, USA, Canada, Greece, Spain, Cuba, Peru, Holland, Uruguay, Argentina, Germany and Portugal and presentating conferences in Mexico, Panama, Cuba, Spain, USA, Lisbon and other countries; also, being advisor thesis from more than 120 researching student thesis works in different universities. Professional graphic designer, working in Mexico, USA and Canada in firms like BMG Entertainment, Environmental Law Institute or UNESCO in traditional and digital way. Visual artist, has exposed digital art, collage and visual poetry in more than 30 exhibitions in Mexico, Panama, USA, Rusia, Spain, France, Greece, Palestine and Frankfurt.


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