How doing a drawing a day changed my life Teaching art or teaching to think like 1 day ago   10:04

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On the 1st July 2010, David Litchfield made a life-changing decision. He decided to do one drawing every day for a year, and make the drawings available online for people to react to and critique. It became a monumental project. Litchfield is now a professional illustrator and works for The Beano and The Telegraph, among other publications. He also teaches at Bedford College.

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Jeanete Jost Collet
I love the drawings!
Still don't understand what is so fascinating in his drawings...
Midoriya Izuku
Midoriya Izuku
Did headphone users
Nicholas Mutch
I really like his picture sketches, especially that wolf in a coat done in blue pen on the pages of his film studies book. I can see his improvements. Nice speech.Thumbs up.
Shahid Khan
Good video.
Today was my first day of drawing after a long long time, I stopped drawing after an incident when i was 12, and today I've started again after almost 28 years. It felt good and I hope it turns out to be therapeutic. I have a feeling deep inside that all of it is still stuck inside me and letting it all out will change my life for good.
mohd ali
His head to neck ratio is close to 1.
sutil Al
a talk about hismelf nice video for his family memebers..
Paul Lo
Thanos Of Titan
How many ummms was that
Abdullah Nasher
The hardest thing to do as an artist is deferentially seeing with a new fresh eyes the same work you have just finished.
Abdullah Nasher
Blue Berry
Hey love ur effort n art I m learning drawing n m 33 year old is it too late to start ?
Sophia Moore
Totally loved it, but wanted to scream at his constant Uh, Uhm. Do people ever listen to themselves?
Anita Julaniya
Tell me, how much time approximately everyday to spend to do a satisfactory drawing a day ?
Jotaro d Kujo
i was already doing this i should keep doing it
Cecilia aa
Great idea! I guess I will start my drawing a day challenge. But I don´t like the idea of posting my drawings because i will suffer if people say they are bad =)
lonotiki , Shannon O'
Goal...Brilliant. Loved the video, great artist...illustrator!
I will begin my drawing a day today. (I mean I draw everyday)
But I will like the strict guide of doing this!!
Thank you for sharing~
bryan scurry
ehhh ummm ehh umm ehh umm
He said uhm more than 66 times
Jodi Pickle
What’s funny is that I usually listen to tedtalks when I draw. I was drawing my daily warmup before getting into my main project and this is really great to hear
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Teaching art or teaching to think like How doing a drawing a day changed my life 1 day ago   14:40

What is the purpose and value of Art education in the 21st Century? Foley makes the case the Art’s critical value is to develop learners that think like Artists which means learners who are creative, curious, that seek questions, develop ideas, and play. For that to happen society will need to stop the pervasive, problematic and cliché messaging that implies that creativity is somehow defined as artistic skill. This shift in perception will give educators the courage to teach for creativity, by focusing on three critical habits that artist employ, 1. Comfort with Ambiguity, 2. Idea Generation, and 3. Transdisciplinary Research. This change can make way for Center’s for Creativity in our schools and museums where ideas are king and curiosity reigns.

Cindy Meyers Foley is the Executive Assistant Director and Director of Learning and Experience at the Columbus Museum of Art. Foley worked to reimagine the CMA as a 21st century institution that is transformative, active, and participatory. An institution that impacts the health and growth of the community by cultivating, celebrating and championing creativity. Foley envisioned and led the charge to open the 18,000 sq. ft. Center for Creativity in 2011. In 2013, the museum received the National Medal for Museums in recognition of this work. Foley guest edited and wrote chapters for Intentionality and the Twenty-First-Century Museum, for the summer 2014 Journal of Museum Education.

In 2012, Foley received the Greater Columbus Arts Council Community Arts Partnership award for Arts Educator. She was a keynote speaker for the OAEA (Ohio Art Education Association) 2012 Conference. She is on the Faculty of Harvard University’s Future of Learning Summer Institute.

Foley is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Museum, she was with the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

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