Meditative Drawing: Creative Drawing as a way of Thinking

By Ahmed Kadry Hussein.

Published by The Arts Collection

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In Alexandria University, art education research team has been met weekly for trance-media conceptual art-making sessions through the last two years (2009, 2010). This research paper reports how this conceptual art-making practice has influenced the creativity of the team, based on designed games and techniques with four participant groups and one observer of the art-making group, these techniques were created by the researcher inspired by his own art experience, he applied on his own works of art, and the study of some chosen artists works. Several key themes arose from the investigation, including the exploration of the meaning of drawings and symbols, the value of symmetric shapes, extended interaction amongst participants, the sense of meditative art-making, and the importance of drawing sessions in bringing the sense of contemporary form of aesthetics through improvising techniques. These principles and techniques resonate strongly with the academic literature and experimental work with background of psychology, creativity, and non-formal adult learning.

Keywords: Group Work, Creativity, Drawing, Conceptual Art, Symmetry

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.265-274. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 5.711MB).

Dr. Ahmed Kadry Hussein

Facullty Member, Department of Art Education, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

Dr. Kadry was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt, and lived some years in Japan, before engaging on a research exploring the creative thinking process through the use of art-making in (K.I.T University, Kyoto, Japan) where he got his PhD and worked as an art instructor. Dr. Kadry is an inventor, poet, graphic artist/designer, painter and papermaker. He designs and runs art workshops to facilitate the progress of creativity. His work is exhibited in many countries all over the world and collected in Japan, Egypt and Europe.

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