Betty Edwards: Learning to Draw for Thinking's Sake

Betty Edwards is an art teacher, education researcher, and author. She graduated from UCLA with a PhD in Art, Education, and Psychology in 1976, and her dissertation was adapted into her bestselling book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, which has gone through four editions and has over four million copies sold.

Betty’s work focuses on drawing as a means to train visual-spatial cognitive skills associated with the right brain, which are neglected at all levels of education in favour of sequential, standardized, and language-based “left brain” cognitive skills. She believes that drawing should be taught to children at a young age, as a twin to reading and writing.

Her most recent work, Drawing on the Dominant Eye (Penguin Random House, 2020), explores the connections between the dominant eye and the brain in art and perception.

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