A novel way of observing and drawing
Many people think that they can’t draw and that only the ‘gifted’ or talented can draw. This is not the case. I run a facilitated drawing workshop in which this belief is entirely upended and every individual’s potential and ability to draw is realized. Anyone can be guided towards their ability to draw and it continues to be my experience that every person that I have taught can draw and draw well. It is worth remembering that ‘drawing’ is fundamentally the making of marks on paper.
I have developed a novel method of observation and drawing which I teach to people who have never drawn before, including medical students, anatomists and artists. I teach in a workshop environment which is focused, dynamic and fun. The outcome is real learning and growth and a sense of excitement and accomplishment.
Workshop participants will be introduced to the value of observation using a multi-sensory method which crucially involves the sense of touch, sight and the simultaneous act of drawing. We gather a huge amount of information from an object when we explore it through touch, and this information becomes included in our drawing via that marks that we make.
By observing in this way, one is introduced to a more comprehensive perceptual understanding of the physical object being observed. One literally begins to see 'more' of the object, as well as seeing it in a more objective way (i.e. as it really is and not as one imagines it to be).
In this workshop, you will learn to observe an object and draw it on paper, such that your drawing marks correspond with what you are observing. At the same time, your drawing marks will be unique to you in the same way that your handwriting is. Your drawing then, becomes an expression of what you are observing. Each participant will be guided through a series of exercises that will enable them to understand and practice this method. The result is that each participant will be able to observe and draw capably using this approach. But more than this, there are valuable educational and growth benefits.
One day corporate drawing experience of discovery and learning
In order to make this observation and drawing experience available to everyone beyond the university environs, I have designed a One Day Corporate Drawing Workshop. This workshop encapsulates the fundamentals of what I teach, and delivers the same dynamic, educational and fun experience to groups of people who are interested in discovering their innate ability to observe and draw. The proof of this is in the drawings, which the participants take away with them. An additional function of this one day drawing workshop is for each participant to experience what it is like to do something that they never imagined they could do. This experience of surprise is unforgettable. It is very enabling…it enables one to go forward and continue to surprise oneself at one’s ability to discover new ways of accomplishing tasks in the workplace and in everyday life.
This workshop is fully catered with lunch and afternoon tea.
One Day Corporate Drawing Workshop. Maximum number of participants, 14.
Venue 1: The Dakar Room, 6 Spin Street Restaurant, Cape Town
Venue 2: Workshop Room, UCT Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town
Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm
Catering: Lunch and refreshment breaks are fully catered for by 6 Spin Street Restaurant, at either workshop venue.
Enquiries: Please enquire for details by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Haptico-Visual Observation and Drawing (HVO&D)
Leonard Shapiro is an experienced drawing tutor and skilled workshop facilitator who enjoys facilitating learning, growth and development in others in the field of observational and drawing.
He has developed a multi-sensory observation method, which employs the sense of touch as well as sight, with the simultaneous act of drawing. It is called the Haptico-Visual Observation & Drawing (HVO&D) method.
The application of the HVO&D method results in a greatly increased level of observation of the form of a 3-dimensional object, as well as the cognitive memorisation of it. In addition, the observer-drawer will also be able to retrieve the form of the object from memory and draw that object without looking at it.
The drawing itself is testament to the degree to which the object has been closely observed and will contain the unique marks made by the drawer's hand. These marks can be visually analysed.
The HVO&D method is taught at a university level to art students and medical science students, specifically those who are studying anatomy. It is also presented to employees in the corporate sector.
Leonard holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (BAFA Honours) degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT) Michaelis School of Fine Art. He also holds a Bachelor of Social Science (BsocSc) degree from UCT.
Tuition and Workshop Options
Individual tuition at the Lateral Leap drawing studio
Each individual's drawing needs are assessed through a discussion in an initial meeting, and a drawing programme is worked out in order address these needs.
During each drawing session, close attention is given to the student. I am able to quickly detect where a student is 'stuck', and then devise a way to move the student forward.
Drawing tuition for medical and anatomy observation - university medical school students and anatomists
For: anatomical drawing, observational object drawing, drawing while looking through the microscope, schematic drawing. Students experience closer observation of an anatomical object using this method.
I teach a novel, multi-sensory observation method, using the sense of touch and sight with the simultaneous act of drawing - the Haptico-Visual Observation & Drawing (HVO&D) method. The purpose of this observation method is the increased understanding (i.e. close observation) and cognitive memorisation of the form of an object.
This method involves the multi-sensory observation and simultaneous drawing of a 3-dimensional object, onto a 2-dimensional surface. The observer's perceptual understanding of the 3-dimensional form of the object they are drawing is significantly increased. As a consequence, the cognitive memorisation of the form of the object takes place.
In addition, after observing an object in this way, the drawer-observer is able to retrieve this information directly from their memory, and draw it, without looking at the object.
HVO&D workshops offered to medical schools.
Drawing tuition for students at art and design institutions
Discover and understand observational drawing and combine your individual approach to drawing with the sobservational drawing approach.
Group tuition is offered at your educational institution.
Drawing tuition for beginners
Everyone without exception CAN draw...and draw well in a very short space of time, even if you have never drawn before!
Individual or group tuition is offered at the Lateral Leap studio.
Drawing tuition for artists at all levels of development
Individual tuition is offered at your studio or at the Lateral Leap studio.
Notes for Educators...
Many people hold a firm but entirely misguided belief that they simply cannot draw.
I run facilitated drawing workshops in which this belief is entirely upended and every individual’s potential and ability to draw is realised. The results are surprising and most of the participants are astounded by an ability that they never, ever thought that they had. This workshop sees people achieving results that they never thought that they were capable of.
Drawing is not something that is innate to an elite few. Every single person can draw! This one day Drawing Workshop is aimed at the so-called ‘beginner’ as well as people who have drawn previously – including artists and designers. I have successfully run numerous Drawing Workshops where the majority of the participants in the workshop had never drawn before.
This Drawing Workshop is aimed at anyone wishing to improve their ability to look at an object and draw it – with confidence. In this workshop, we discover how much more detail we can observe in an object we are looking at, and consequently draw the object with confidence. This is called conscious looking and the drawing method taught is called ‘structural drawing’.
It has been my experience that everyone without exception who has attended this workshop has discovered that they can draw. Each participant has surprised him or herself. Above all, this workshop is fun and invigorating.
I also design customised drawing programmes which can be provided on an individual or on a group workshop basis. The drawing programme caters to a learner’s specific needs. These drawing programmes can be provided on an individual or on a group workshop basis. After a consultation with the learner(s), their challenge is identified and a drawing workshop programme is designed in order to address these challenges. Throughout the drawing programme, the learner is monitored and assisted in overcoming the areas in their drawing process where they get ‘stuck’. This is achieved by offering the learner an appropriate exercise to take them forward.
Observational drawing. Object drawing.
This involves guiding the student through a process designed to enable them to look at an object and draw it accurately. This does not mean that they will render a ‘copy’ of the object, but rather that they will draw the object as they have understood its structure.
It is for this reason that botanical drawings of a flower are made rather than photographs taken of it. More reliable visual information of the structure and details of the flower can be captured through drawing than through a photograph of it. The same can be said for anatomical drawings; more detail of the structure and details of an upper-limb can be gained through a drawing, rather than from a photograph.
Medical application of drawing: Understanding the form and structure of an anatomical part
"Let someone say of a doctor that he really knows his physiology or anatomy, that he is dynamic - these are real compliments; but if you say he is an observer, a man who really knows how to see, this is perhaps the greatest compliment one can make" - Jean-Martin Charcot.
The goal of teaching drawing to medical students of anatomy is two-fold: 1) to enable the student to understand what she or he is actually looking at, viz. the 3-dimentional structure of a body part and 2) to be able to render a convincing drawing of the body part. These two goals are linked. In teaching anatomical students to understand the shape and detail (the structure) of any anatomical part, I invite them to first feel the object with their eyes closed and only then to look at it and draw it. The reason for feeling the object (such as a vertebra) is to get the information into the memory of the brain. The tips of our fingers contain millions of neural endings and by feeling the object with our fingers, we gain a good sense of its physical shape.
The student becomes aware of undulations, contours and textural details that they were previously unaware of, even though they were looking directly at the object. By ‘looking’ at an object with both the eyes AND the fingers, by exploring the object and gathering information about the object with both the eyes and fingertips, the student gains a vastly more informed picture of the object. As such she or he is able to render a more accurately informed drawing of the object.
After accumulating structural, physical information about the object through drawing it, the student then draws the object while looking at it.
The results are that the student both understands the structure of the object and is able to draw it. In fact, the structure of the object is learned and understood by means of the drawing process.
One Day Corporate Drawing Workshop
The primary function of this one day Corporate Drawing Workshop is for each participant to experience what it is like to do something that they never imagined they could do. This experience of surprise is unforgettable. It is very enabling...it enables one to go forward and continue to surprise oneself at one’s ability to discover new ways of accomplishing everyday as well as new tasks in the workplace and in everyday life.
In essence then, this workshop is more about the participant's experience of surprise at discovering their ability to draw, than about drawing itself.
The means by which I facilitate this process of surprise in the workshop participants is through enabling them to draw an object. So many people imagine that only artists have the ability to draw and that the ability to draw is something that only the 'gifted' are born with. This is completely untrue! I have conducted this workshop many, many times and each participant has discovered that they can draw in a way that they never imagined. This comes as a great surprise to them.
Participants discover their innate and fundamental creative abilities. In these workshops, each participant will surprise themselves by achieving results that they initially thought were completely beyond their ability to achieve. This workshop will expand on each participant's ability to think and act creatively in all aspects of their daily life; at work, at home and at play. The result is that participants experience a renewed confidence and this confidence has obvious benefits on thinking and directed productivity in the workplace. In this drawing workshop, each participant is invited to bring a household tool or cooking implement to the workshop. A number of guided exercises enable the participant to discover abilities and achieve results that will excite and surprise them.
This Drawing Workshop takes place over one full day (9am – 4pm). All of the materials that will be used by the participants are provided and morning tea and lunch are catered for. Catering in Cape Town is by 6 Spin Street Restaurant.