Merike Sule-Trubert (Estonia)



Drawing as a Creative Morning Exercise

Merike Sule-Trubert

The potential of drawing as a tool of creativity and an aid for registering ideas is unquestionable, especially for art students and artists. Drawing continues to serve as the most popular field of creation among different age groups, including people not involved in arts. The mentioned qualities of drawing meet the needs and expectations of people working in different fields. Its flexibility and possibility to create or register using very simple and inexpensive materials are the main advantages of drawing. The diversity of the discipline enables everybody to find the appropriate media, style and aspect of drawing.
My point of view concentrates on my new experience with a specific age group – secondary school level students (15-19 years old). I proposed an elective course Creative Drawing that combined different exercises of sketching, abstract creation and life drawing. The aim of the course was to enhance students’ creativity and offer a channel for their urge of self-expression. The lessons were carried out in the ordinary school classroom and with a minimal budget for materials. The diverse complex of exercises enabled to meet the different expectations of students. From my previous experience of teaching art students I was rather skeptical about the time of the course as all the lessons were the first lessons early in the morning. The feedback of the students in the end of the course was a surprise as practically all students pointed out the good timing, they preferred to wake up their mind with drawing and continue with the more complicated subjects afterwards. In addition to the overall positive feedback many students expressed their interest to continue with a similar course next year.
The depicted experience shows that drawing can serve as a pleasant morning exercise. Young people need a channel to express their ideas and feelings.