Call for Contributions - Symposium on Drawing at Art School

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As a newly forming research group, we are holding a number of events to examine and focus our research intentions. Our current membership is an interdisciplinary group from across the Schools of Art and Design, and Film and Journalism at UWE, with a unifying interest in drawing in contemporary arts practice and research. We would like to use this day of discussion to review what drawing is and has been at art school, and what it could and should be in future.

The teaching of drawing has changed dramatically at art school over the course of a generation. The way that students are taught drawing today varies from the experience of their tutors. And experiences vary even between different generations of tutors.

There is talk of the decline of skills-based teaching and of students setting up their own life drawing classes. But what drawing skills do art students need anyway? What are they drawing for?

Drawing has been re-framed since the 1960s, asserting itself as an independent and autonomous practice. Dedicated galleries, BA and MA courses now exist across the country. What does this mean for how drawing is taught now and in the future?

We are seeking contributions to a day of talks and discussion about drawing at art school.

Subjects could include but are not limited to:

  • Approaches to teaching drawing
  • Histories and contexts
  • Why do students draw?
  • Historical and contemporary accounts or experiences of drawing teaching, or of teaching across different institutions
  • What should be taught? How do we teach it?
  • What should students learn? What do they want to learn?

Contributions are welcome in the form of academic papers, essays, petcha kutcha, accounts of personal experience, historical accounts etc.

Contributions should be 15-30mins.

Please send your abstract or description of your contribution, its form and content (max 300 words) to [email protected]

Deadline for submitting proposals: Monday 12 August 2019

Symposium date: Friday 8 November 2019 at UWE City Campus, Arnolfini, Bristol.

Instagram: @uwe_drawing_research

Many thanks,

UWE Drawing Research

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