Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

I have referenced Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain multiple times in past posts, and it is also noted in the Links section at the right. Thus, you may understand what prompted me to send the following email to Faculty and Staff at my school. As folks respond to my email, I will copy and paste their comments to the Comments at the end of this post, withholding names to keep the authors anonymous. Feel free to view the results of my participation in the workshop.

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Hi,

In the summer of 2005 RCDS financed, through an auxiliary grant, my participation in a five day drawing workshop, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Traveling to Soho everyday for a week, I spent hours under the expert guidance of Brian Bomeisler, immersed in learning to redraw.

At the time, I made the case that taking such a workshop would facilitate creative thinking, which would benefit me in my role as a teacher and someone charged with helping folks to make use of technology. I also believe that participating in professional development outside of one’s area of expertise is a phenomenal way to foster personal growth.

The act of drawing is also useful in helping with recall. Robert Greenleaf (our opening speaker this past August), shares research (pg 22 of the 2005 edition of Brain Based Teaching: Making Connections for Long–Term Memory & Recall) showing that when learners create illustrations they improve their recall by up to four times more than without the use of illustrations

Now an article in the Business section of Sunday’s New York Times, Let Computers Compute. It’s the Age of the Right Brain., by Janet Rae-Dupree,  describes how the art of drawing, and the art of being more creative and more right brain oriented, is taking center stage at a number of companies. Those of you who have read Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind know that this is an approach he considers crucial to succeeding in the post–Information Age.

It should come as no surprise to you that I wish everyone of us could participate in a Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain workshop. In fact, I’d love to see us have Brian come to RCDS for our opening meetings in August and guide us through the art of learning to redraw and discovering “an entirely new way to see.” I think our creative sides would feel nourished, and that, in turn, would nourish our teaching and mentoring, which in turn would nourish our students. 

Any takers?

Cheers,
Laurie

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9 thoughts on “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

  1. synapsesensations Post author

    I still want to take the course. There isn’t one in NYC this summer….. at least after we finish school:-( I’d love to have a workshop or even a day with Brian here!!!

  2. synapsesensations Post author

    As you know I am a big fan of both the book and the ideology. I think a faculty workshop with Brian would be fabulous!

    I think that many in the faculty would be intimidated by the word drawing, but I think everyone would find it beneficial after the experience.

  3. synapsesensations Post author

    Thanks Laurie! I began using Betty Edward’s book/teachings many years ago, to great effect. Then, in the ’80’s, a group of RCDS teachers got to take a workshop with Betty, herself (given at the Whitby school). It would be great to have Brian come for our entire faculty!

    I’m familiar with Dan Pink’s interesting work. Do you have that book? Would love to see it.

  4. synapsesensations Post author

    I have been a fan of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain for years (on my own, via the books.)

    Participating in a workshop would be fabulous!

  5. synapsesensations Post author

    sounds fascinating…I looked at the website – does it meet every week? I couldn’t really tell…that is does a new session start every Monday? I could go between the end of school and the start of summer school perhaps.

  6. synapsesensations Post author

    Also in line with the TED talk by Sir Kenneth Robinson…(the importance of creativity in education…)

    (Sent by someone outside of school to whom I had sent a copy of my email.)

  7. synapsesensations Post author

    In your email you wrote:
    Any takers?

    I’d participate…it’s never too late (maybe!).
    B.

  8. synapsesensations Post author

    What an excellent idea! I hope you get some administrators to agree. It would be a wonderful way to get back into the groove of school after our summer hiatus. You may forward this email if you think numbers will make a stronger case. However, I think your points are valid!

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