This title was first published in 2000. Most children enjoy drawing and use it to express a wide range of experiences and emotions. Drawing can offer an avenue of expression where words fail. So why do many people stop drawing after the early school years? This is an examination of the early work of John Everett Millais, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Michael Rothenstein, Gerard Hoffnung, Sarah Raphael and David Downes to investigate the reasons why these artists were able to sustain and develop their drawing skill and expressive potential while others failed. The close study of these artists' early drawings reveals their sequences of progress and their eventual achievement. The author, a former President of the National Society for Education in Art and Design, shares the experience of a lifetime's work in art education to explore the mysteries of drawing fluency, its often precocious beginnings, and the personal, social and cultural circumstances which help or hinder its development.
Table of Contents
1. Historical Attitudes to the Young Artists 2. Characteristics of the Developing Artists 3. Academic Training and an Independent Attitude: John Everett Millais (1829 – 1897) 4. Privilege, Opportunity and Misfortune in the Making of an Artist: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901) 5. Early Ambition and a Vision of Artistic Nobility: Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881 – 1973) 6. A Savage and Gentle Passion: Michael Rothenstein (1908 – 1993) 7. The Young Humourist: Gerard Hoffnung (1925 – 1959) 8. A Professional Journey: Sarah Raphael (1960 - ) 9. Displacing the Demon: David Downes (1971 - ) 10. Sustaining Expression Through Drawing