Let me shock you out of your box
Out-of-the-box thinking has been around for a while. It is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. This phrase often refers to novel or creative thinking.
It’s a cliche —
“I need someone who thinks out of the box.”
What does it mean?
What is out of the box thinking anyway, and what’s so great about it? Thinking within a certain frame of reference is thinking inside the box. It is thinking within a certain parameter. “Here are the facts, here’s the problem. Let’s look at solutions A, B and C and pick the best one.” In business this is very often the way things are done. It is based upon logic, rational and proven methods.
Left brain thinking can get you from A to B, but using your imagination can get you everywhere.
Let us improve.
We could be tons more innovative than we are if we’d just acknowledge the fact that traditional American business isn’t based on the idea of solving complex problems in clever ways. Staying inside the box, you wouldn’t overcome an obstacle or save the day for your customer, but you’d calculate your loss and move on. That’s what most people would do in a challenging situation, and that’s why most people are in the box problem-solvers. They are only using there left brain, because they do not know any better.
Creative thinking is for artists, you say, but this is not true.
I am an artist and I can show you the way. You don’t have to become an artist.I have something for you. It is a basic drawing class and everybody can learn how to do this. By meticulously following the steps as shown in the video’s you can learn to draw accurately and realistically. You don’t have to become an artist, nor frame your results. It is not about the drawing, it is about the new wires inside of your brain that you are connecting the dots differently.
You can not alter your way of thinking by intellectually understanding this. One thing needs to absolutely clear; you cannot activate the right brain by just thinking about it. It needs to be re-wired.
It takes effort.
Push the Button.
This drawing course is developed for everyone who wants to learn how to draw. I encourage you to do this course if you want to start exercising your creative thinking skills. For over ten years I have been teaching the method used by Dr. Betty Edwards to draw exactly what you see. At first, I used her method to learn to draw myself, but I got intrigued during the process because I found out that the process was more meaningful to me than the products. My students noticed that there was more to learn than just accurate lines on a piece of paper.
This course is meant for people who absolutely never thought they wanted to learn to draw. Being in the zone made me happy and elevated my awareness of the living world. Dr. Betty Edwards has been criticized for her theory of the right and left brain function, but I think that is a left brain mistake. The left brain can only believe in facts and figures and is not able to connect the dots without having all the data.
1) Contour drawing
Learning to draw something by letting your eyes really connect with the subject and allowing your hand to follow instructions without looking at your paper. This powerful exercise will enable you to eliminate your belief system about your perception of art.
2) Mirror Image
Drawing something that has an ambiguous feeling to it so that your mind gets confused is at the center of this exercise. It is not the image in your mind that you need to be able to draw but what your eyes and your hands tell you. When the mind already has a preconceived idea of how things should look the result will be disappointing.
Copying something complicated creates trust in your abilities to see accurately and re-create a recognizable picture on paper. You will be surprised at how good you actually are at drawing.
4) Systematic work
When you systematically follow the steps in this course you will have no problem with finding a way to transform an image from three dimensional reality to your two dimensional piece of paper.
5) Copy reality
After having taken all the previous steps you are now ready to accurately draw your own hand. This new skill might surprise you and it also might feel like a little trick that is not quite real. Please remember, with the intellectual knowledge you now have, you can basically draw anything you want. Practice will do the rest.
Betty Edwards (born 1926 in San Francisco, California) is an American art teacher and author, best known for her 1979 book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain ISBN 978-1585429202 (as of April 2012, in its 4th edition). She taught and did research at the California State University, Long Beach until she retired in the late ’90s. While there, she founded the Center for the Educational Applications of Brain Hemisphere Research.
The Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain story begins in the late 1960s where art teacher, Betty Edwards, was puzzling over the fact that many of her students struggled to learn to draw when they were mastering new skills in other disciplines.
Another puzzle was that students, who had struggled, suddenly seemed to learn how to draw from one week to the next but could not explain why this was so.
Betty Edwards began to explore what happens when she was drawing. Her work with her students was illuminated by research published in 1968 by Roger Sperry and colleagues. Betty Edwards developed her theories into a doctoral thesis that later formed the basis of her book, The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, first published in 1979. You can read about the development of her theories in this book which is still in print and has been revised and updated several times since.
She received a Bachelor’s in Art from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, 1947), a Master’s of Art from California State University, Northridge, and a Doctorate in Art, Education, and Psychology from UCLA (1976).
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain has remained the dominant book on its subject, used as a standard text in many art schools, and has been translated and published in many foreign languages, including French, Spanish, German, Polish, Hungarian and Japanese. Her company, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, develops special drawing tools, materials, and videos to help individuals learn to draw.
An artist and painter, she taught at high school level in the Los Angeles public school district (Venice High School), then at community college, and from 1978 until her retirement in 1991, in the Art Department at California State University, Long Beach. All of her teaching experience has been in art: drawing, painting, art history, art-teacher training, and color theory. In addition to teaching drawing workshops around the world, she has also done business consulting with major national and international corporations to enhance creative problem solving.
Theories in drawing and brain function
Edwards’s method of drawing and teaching was revolutionary when she published it in 1979. It received an immediate positive response, and is now widely accepted by artists, teachers, and others around the world. Underlying the method is the notion that the brain has two ways of perceiving and processing reality – one verbal and analytic, the other visual and perceptual. Edwards’ method advocates suppressing the former in favor of the latter. It focuses on disregarding preconceived notions of what the drawn object should look like, and on individually “seeing”.Drawing, says Edwards, has five component skills of perception and drawing:
Edges and lines (includes copying drawings and contour drawing exercises)
Negative space (i.e. space between items)
Relationships (i.e. perspective and proportion between things)
Light and shadows (shading)
The whole: gestalt which emerges as the first four are taught
Then there are two additional skills;
Drawing from memory
Drawing from imagination
Edwards’s early work was based in part on her understanding of neuroscience, especially the cerebral hemisphere research which suggested that the two hemispheres of the brain have different functions. To avoid the so-called “location controversy” (how the two major cognitive functions are distributed in the individual brain depending on handedness and other factors), she termed the modes “L-mode” and “R-mode.” These designations appeared in the original 1979 edition of “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” She described L-mode as basically a verbal, analytic, sequential mode of thinking, and R-mode as basically visual, perceptual, and global.
It Doesn’t Take Long to Learn to Draw
Dr. Edwards also realized that you can actually learn these perceptual skills pretty quickly – in fact, in as little as five days. Once these skills are learned you simply need to practice them and improve them – and of course, master the specific techniques of other media that you might want to try.
Dr. Edwards’ argues that the right brain’s strengths are undervalued and under-trained in our left-brain oriented culture, with its emphasis on the “3Rs”. She also believes that by training the right brain we can learn to use both sides of the brain more effectively and more efficiently according to their strengths.