Tomorrow: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workshop

November 8, 2012

Workshop Rescheduled to December 7 and Open to Public at Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ – The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University welcomes artist and educator Brian Bomeisler to lead the workshop “Two Ways of Knowing: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” on Friday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee is $50 per participant, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, and supplies. The workshop is open to all adults; teachers receive six professional development credit hours. For more information, contact the Education Department at education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu or visit www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu. This workshop is offered in collaboration with the Zimmerli’s special exhibition “Art=Text=Art.”

The workshop is based on the legendary 1979 book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain,” by Betty Edwards, which used the terms L-Mode and R-Mode to designate two ways of knowing and seeing: the verbal, analytic mode and the visual, perceptual mode, respectively. Most activities require both modes, each contributing its unique functions. However, a few activities require mainly one mode, without interference from the other - drawing is one of these activities. Learning to draw, turns out not to be "learning to draw," but learning to make a mental shift from L-mode to R-mode. Once learned, drawing can be used to record what one sees either in reality or in the mind's eye, in a manner not unlike recording thoughts and ideas in words. This workshop helps teachers in the humanities and the sciences discover the remarkable applications of drawing in the non-arts classroom. In addition, individuals who seek to develop their own drawing skills find that the philosophy and related exercises enhance their creative endeavors.

Brian Bomeisler has been teaching alongside Betty Edwards, his mother, since 1988. Since her retirement in 1998, he has been leading the Drawing and Painting Workshops that Edwards developed. Bomeisler’s illustrations appear alongside the text in “The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.”

ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM|RUTGERS

The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum houses more than 60,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in 19th-century French art; Russian art from icons to the avant-garde; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. In addition, small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, as well as art inspired by Japan and original illustrations for children’s books, provide representative examples of the museum’s research and teaching message at Rutgers. One of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation, the Zimmerli is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier public research university.

SUPPORT

The Zimmerli Art Museum is supported by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, as well as the income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund, and the Voorhees Family Endowment Fund, among others. Additional support comes from the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from other corporations, foundations, and individuals, as well as earned income, also provide vital annual support for the Zimmerli’s operations and programs.

LOCATION AND HOURS

The Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street at George Street on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli is a short walk from the NJ Transit train station in New Brunswick, midway between New York City and Philadelphia.

Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and the first Wednesday of each month (except August), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August. Holidays are January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, and December 24 and 25.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for 65 and over; and free for museum members, Rutgers students, faculty and staff (with ID), and children under 18. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, call 732.932.7237 or visit the museum’s website: www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu

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