e-Learning: Drawing on Drawing

By Alastair Adams, Andrew Selby, Andrew Davies and Jemma Robinson.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper proposes to explore the notion of eLearning in an area strongly historically conceived and cautious to employ new pedagogic methods to enhance undergraduate student learning. Through sample case studies, the paper will explore a number of divergent models, created to enable students to develop, promote and facilitate decision making using connections established between existing knowledge and new theoretical, technical and practical concepts. This process may be called illustrative thinking. The case studies will recognise eLearning knowledge in the field, and more specifically examples such as Animation Workshops, as a way of structuring curriculum content, delivery and rigor. The case studies involve students reflecting upon previous and existing theoretical and practice based creative arts knowledge and are tailored to enable students to identify and experience a greater degree of familiarisation with their own illustrative thinking process as part of a wider agenda. Whilst the arts subjects are acknowledged to attract students with a wide range of personalised approaches to learning and a diversity of backgrounds, this paper supports the idea that different learning capabilities and structures are absorbed, directed and nurtured by these specific eLearning developments. Student participation and involvement will provide evidence to support the position that changes in habitual learning are necessary and beneficial to attaining a successful, individual and unique approach to creative studies. Indeed the paper will affirm that these learning methods are formative in influencing future pedagogic direction. Whilst this paper is grounded in Art and Design it’s findings are widely applicable across a range of subjects within Social Science and the Humanities.

Keywords: e-Learning, Drawing, Illustration, Animation Workshops, Habitual Learning, Creative Studies, Illustrative Thinking, Approaches to Artistic Learning

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 11, pp.187-202. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.668MB).

Alastair Adams

Lecturer, School of Art and Design, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK

Further to graduating with a degree in illustration Alastair went on to spend the first ten years of his artistic career developing his skills as a professional portrait painter. Alastair regularly undertakes high profile commissions and used his appointment in 2005 as a lecturer in illustration and animation to capitalise further upon the rapidly increasing potential and opportunities offered through portraiture. This alone is testimony to his belief in the transferable skills acquired as part of an education in illustration and reinforces his beliefs that the future of illustration is one that presents possibilities for practitioners to cross boundaries between many disciplines.

Andrew Selby

Programme Leader, LUSAD, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK

Andrew Davies

Lecturer, LUSAD, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK

Jemma Robinson

Lecturer, School of Art and Design, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK


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