DrawFIT's Vision, and a Little About Me
DrawFIT's vision is simple. We, as a society, agree that exercising the body regularly has many benefits. When not done regularly the body will not maintain the desired level of performance. We workout to maintain our health. Drawing can be thought of in the same way. If we do not draw regularly, create regularly artistic confidences may not be maintained. I can think of no other discipline, skill, subject or topic that is typically acceptable to not learn other than drawing. We learn how to play an instrument, and we practice to improve. When I asked my high school students what would happen if they walked into math class and told their teacher "I can't do math". Would the teacher say, "OK, That's fine. You don't have to do math." That would not be acceptable. But, I have had so many students, teachers, and parents confess their inability to draw, and expect me to dismiss them from such a task.
Nearly everything that we do has been taught to us or self-taught. When I began teaching 3 years ago I saw a disconnect between students’ attitudes towards drawing and how it is framed within the K-12 curriculum. I sensed that students, teachers, and parents felt it OK that their student did not know how to draw. They themselves may have not been taught or took the time to learn how to draw.
I had one young, talented student tell me she didn't want to be in Drawing class anymore because "I can't draw". I told her that is exactly why you are in this class, to learn! I don't expect you to know, just as your Biology teacher wouldn't expect you to know how to dissect a frog if you were never taught. But, she comes everyday with anxiety about drawing in front of her peers. It has believed by many that drawing is that skill that if not done masterly from day one, it is not yours to have.
When students don’t know how to draw or have no confidence in their work I have observed a decrease in their creative confidence. I wondered how teachers’ and parents’ attitudes about drawing shaped our students’ desire to draw well. I believe we all have the capacity to draw and I also believe that the ability draw well can not only improve our daily lives but also improve our capacity for creativity within any profession. Take a minute to read through the Benefits and Importance of Drawing.
I took piano lessons for 10 years. Am I a famous piano player? No. Can I read music adequately enough to play? Yes. Did I practice weekly to get better? Yes. Did I hate it? Yes. But, I loved my piano teacher so I kept with it. If that never happened I would not know how to play the piano. Drawing can be taught, we can all learn through regular practice. Will we all be experts? Probably not, but it is my aim that the paralyzing feeling of having to draw, the low self-esteem and lack of confidence will be no more!
DrawFIT has framed the idea of drawing regularly through the lens of workouts. We workout to increase our physical strength and stamina. Let's consider increasing our creative confidence through drawing workouts!
Through my research during Kutztown University’s graduate program I decided to create DrawFIT as a culminating project that weaves my prior career as a graphic designer with my current teaching career. I am also a mom of two young boys and daily witness first hand how drawing is such a vital and important part of our childhood. With this site, I hope to provide a place to learn, grow and expand your drawing abilities and grow your creative confidence.
Carrie Miller, K-12 Art Teacher
BFA, Rochester Institute of Technology
Art Education Certification, Kutztown University
M.A.Ed., Kutztown University