Draw Talk – Drawing Explained: A Film Preview and Panel Discussion – 22 April 2016

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World Map drawing shot from above
Drawing Explained press release:
Chaired by Tania Kovats in discussion with Isabel Seligman, Paul Noble and Stephen Farthing.

“The very brilliant idea that a simple outline might have the ability to evoke an object or event in its absence, emerges relatively late in the history of drawing”.

The Event

Drawing Explained is a 20 minute pedagogical film written and directed by Stephen Farthing.  The film, in its draft phase, sets out to explain drawing with an ambition for it to be used as a teaching aid at University of the Arts London.

After the screening there will be a panel discussion with Paul Noble, Isabel Seligman, Stephen Farthing and Tania Kovats.  The panel will discuss together how the film explains the drawing discipline.

The film is intentionally incomplete and the event itself will be filmed with an opportunity for audience participation – the content from which will be used in the final cut of the film to provide its end conclusion.

The Panel

Tania Kovats is an artist, author of a number of key texts on drawing and Course Leader of MA Drawing at Wimbledon College of Arts.

Paul Noble, Artist and draftsman was nominated for the 2012 Turner Prize for the solo exhibition “Welcome to Nobson,” Gagosian Gallery, London (2011).

Isabel Seligman is the curator of the ‘Lines of Thought’ a drawing show generated by the British Museum, that was funded by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation to encourage art students to draw.

Professor Stephen Farthing is an artist and Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Drawing at University of the Arts London.

film credit: Drawing Explained – A film by Stephen Farthing & Gareth Johnson

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The panel

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Stephen Farthing discussing and demonstrating drawing a map of the world from memory


My notes:





It’s a big statement: Drawing Explained and as Tania Kovats put to Paul Noble… does it need to be explained. The title of the film was full of promises but ultimately did not deliver and I’m not sure how it could be used effectively as a teaching aid in it’s current form.

Hopefully, the discussion helped Stephen Farthing fathom how to turn it round to Explain Drawing in all its complexity for future students.

Isabel Seligman was extremely articulate and I enjoyed listening to Paul Noble and his quest for a 7H pencil.