Drawing Education: Worldwide!
organized by Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in cooperation with the Academy of Arts, Munich.
Akademie der Bildenden Künste, München / Zentralinstitut für
Kunstgeschichte, München, October 28 – 29, 2016
As a technique, drawing was a firmly entrenched feature of European culture and society from the Early Modern Period until the 20th
century. In conjunction with writing, it was the central competence for the acquisition, organisation and communication of knowledge, as well
as forming an essential component within the design and production processes found in the realms of art, trade and industry – not to
mention its role in everyday leisure activities.
Within the context of the international conference “Drawing Education: Worldwide!”, questions of the historical and modern value of drawing,
including relevant teaching methods and materials, will be considered from a global perspective. Which aesthetic standards and stylistic
norms were established and maintained throughout the centuries via the teaching of drawing? Which theories of art as well as cultural and
social premises form the basis of the different drawing techniques used? And not least, what effects drawing education had on the bodies
and minds of the learner – from heightened coordination-skills to the ability to analytically observe the world?
A key element of focus will be not only on the exchange of methods and motives for drawing from the colonial period to the present, including
the effects of globalisation, but also on the non-hegemonic forms of debate and development within the context of drawing history.