Walk the Loop took part over the October half-term in the annual Big Draw Campaign which gives rise to host of activities and events across the country. Its purpose is to celebrate the joy and power of drawing and to counter the refrain I hear so often that, “I can’t draw… drawing is a gift isn’t it?”
Tell me, how many children are born with “the gift” to read and write? True, they may have a propensity towards it, but they also have to be taught and to learn. It’s a skill that is developed through appropriate guidance and practice, not just some talent all fully fledged or caught from thin air.
The same is true for drawing. Children can learn to draw with confidence and competence thanks to the right input and encouragement. This can be invaluable as a life skill.
Think how liberating it is to be able to draw. When looking about and observing the world around, you can capture what you see and hold it in your memory. This may be through a brief sketch, a closer analytical drawing or a freer drawing that is more about the thoughts and feelings evoked than precise details.
When communicating with others, you can convey meanings clearly and with immediacy.. This could be through diagrams or symbols quickly and deftly set out and then shared.
Not least, you can give free rein to your imagination, drawing out from within images, connections, associations, emotions and beliefs. You gain freedom of expression, giving shape and form to parts of you that go far deeper than words.
So, please, let us have less of “I can’t draw, it’s a gift I do not have,” and more “I don’t know how to draw but would love to learn.”