Quotes from The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Betty Edwards ·  291 pages

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“Over the last forty years, many educators, decision-makers, and even some parents have come to regard the arts as peripheral, and let’s face it, frivolous—especially the visual arts, with their connotation of ”the starving artist” and the mistaken concept of necessary talent”
― Betty Edwards, quote from The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain


“Paper: Some inexpensive plain bond paper A pad of Strathmore Drawing Paper, 80 lb., 11" × 14" Pencils: A #2 ordinary yellow writing pencil with an eraser at the top A #4 drawing pencil—Faber-Castell, Prismacolor Turquoise, or other brand Marking pens: Sharpie (or other brand) fine point non-permanent black A second marker, fine point permanent black Graphite stick: #4 General’s is a good brand, or other brand Pencil sharpener: A small handheld sharpener is fine Erasers: A Pink Pearl eraser A Staedtler Mars white plastic eraser A kneaded eraser—Lyra, Design, or other brand Masking tape: 3M Scotch Low Tack Artist Tape Clips: Two 1-inch-wide black clips Drawing board: A firm surface large enough to hold your 11" × 14" drawing paper—about 15" × 18" is a good size. This can be improvised from a kitchen cutting board, a piece of foam board, a piece of Masonite, or thick cardboard. Picture plane: This too can be improvised using an 8" × 10" piece of glass (you will need to tape the edges), or an 8" × 10" piece of clear plastic, about 1⁄16" thick. Viewfinders: You will make these from black paper—“construction” paper is a good thickness, or you could use thin black cardboard. You will find instructions for making the viewfinders here A small mirror: About 5" × 7" that can be taped to a wall, or any available wall mirror.”
― Betty Edwards, quote from The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain


“As a number of scientists have
noted, research on the human brain is complicated by the fact
that the brain is struggling to understand itself. This three-pound
organ is perhaps the only bit of matter in the universe—at least as
far as we know—that is observing itself, wondering about itself,
trying to analyze itself, and attempting to gain better control of
its own capabilities.”
― Betty Edwards, quote from The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain


“The greatest satisfaction comes from mastering something that is truly difficult.”
― Betty Edwards, quote from The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain


“I will even go out on a limb and say that we mistakenly may have been putting all our educational eggs into one basket only, while shortchanging other truly valuable capabilities of the human brain, namely perception, intuition, imagination, and creativity. Perhaps Albert Einstein put it best: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
― Betty Edwards, quote from The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain



“Albert Einstein put it best: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
― Betty Edwards, quote from The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain


“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
― Betty Edwards, quote from The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain


“The perception of edges (seeing where one thing ends and another starts) The perception of spaces (seeing what lies beside and beyond) The perception of relationships (seeing in perspective and in proportion) The perception of lights and shadows (seeing things in degrees of values) The perception of the gestalt (seeing the whole and its parts)”
― Betty Edwards, quote from The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain


“Today we are not only testing and grading our children into the ground, but we are not teaching them how to see and understand the deep meaning of what they learn, or to perceive the connectedness of information about the world. It is indeed time to try something different.”
― Betty Edwards, quote from The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain


“That is like deciding that you shouldn’t take a Spanish class because you don’t already speak the language.”
― Betty Edwards, quote from The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain



About the author

Betty Edwards
Born place: San Francisco, The United States
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