What is it about?

'Drawingability' is a jointly written (with Dr Claire Penketh Liverpool Hope University) preface foregrounding the complexity and contradictions of establishing values regarding skills and abilities in creative practices with special emphasis on drawing skills. The preface is an introduction to a range of papers submitted through double blind peer review of artists and academics involved in drawing research.

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Why is it important?

One may argue that modernism in the arts created a paradigm shift in re-evaluating skills and re-defining ability in drawing. Since post modernism a pluralistic and complex range of values co-exist, including a return to pre-modernist forms of representation. This journal issue offers a range of perspectives, provocative, challenging and inspiring in making the reader rethink the often hidden agenda of skill as a value for assessing art. What is a good drawing? This topic is important to practitioners, academics engaged in drawing research and academics and teachers specialising in pedagogy.


My personal perspective is one of a different cultural background and education system. I am interested in evaluating the different skills agenda often hidden in generic transferable skills in contemporary art education. Having experienced a range of different training providers in the visual arts myself, and being an experienced tutor/ lecturer in practice based teaching of art at both Adult and Higher Education level, it has become apparent to me that the skills / ability agenda is driven by ideologies or subtexts that need decoding, if we want to reformulate our understanding of drawking skills.

Doris Rohr
Liverpool Hope University

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This page is a summary of: Drawingability, Drawing Research Theory Practice, April 2021, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/drtp_00047_2.
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