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About Betty Edwards
Betty Edwards is an American art teacher and author, best known for her 1979 book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® (now in its 4th edition).
She was born in 1926 in San Francisco, and grew up in Long Beach, California, attending Long Beach Polytechnic High School. An artist from an early age, Betty received a Bachelor's degree in Art from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1947, and exhibited her paintings in Los Angeles in the 1950s and 1960s. She later received a Master's of Art from California State University Northridge and a Doctorate in Art, Education, and Psychology from UCLA (1976).
Betty taught at Venice High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, then at a Los Angeles community college. From 1978 until her retirement in 1991, she was in the Art Department at California State University, Long Beach. As Professor of Art, she taught and conducted research until she retired, and was the founder of the Center for the Educational Applications of Brain Hemisphere Research at CSULB. She lives in La Jolla, California, and has two children, Anne Bomeisler Farrell and Brian Bomeisler; and two grandchildren, Sophie and Francesca.
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® was published in 1979 (above), and since then has remained the preeminent book on its subject, used as a standard text in many art schools around the world and on the shelves of artists everywhere. More than three million copies have been sold, and it has been translated into many foreign languages, including French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Japanese. Betty Edwards is the author of:
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain®, 1979 (revised and reprinted in 1989, 1999, and 2012), Penguin Putnam
Drawing on the Artist Within, 1986, Simon & Schuster
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® Workbook, 1998 (revised and reprinted in 2012), Penguin Putnam
Color. A course in mastering the art of mixing colors, 2004, Penguin Putnam
From her earliest days as a high school art teacher, Betty began to develop her groundbreaking theories about how to teach drawing successfully to every student, and her graduate studies at UCLA confirmed the results. Until her retirement, she lectured widely around the world on the subjects of drawing, creativity, and creative problem-solving, focusing not just on individuals but on the corporate community and at museums internationally. She continues to write and consult, occasionally participating in DRSB Workshops taught by her son, Brian Bomeisler. Her lifelong mission has been to return art to the public school curriculum nationwide, in her passionate belief that we should be educating the "whole brains" of our children, not just teaching the "Three Rs" or to standardized tests that concentrate on the "left brain" only.
Her company, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Inc., develops special drawing tools, materials, workshops, and videos to help individuals learn to draw. The DRSB Web site is http://drawright.com.
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Translated into more than seventeen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used instructional drawing book. Whether you are drawing as a professional artist, as an artist in training, or as a hobby, this book will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception, as well as foster a new appreciation of the world around you. This revised/updated fourth edition includes:
• a new introduction;
• crucial updates based on recent research on the brain's plasticity and the enormous value of learning new skills/ utilizing the right hemisphere of the brain;
• new focus on how the ability to draw on the strengths of the right hemisphere can serve as an antidote to the increasing left-brain emphasis in American life-the worship of all that is linear, analytic, digital, etc.;
• an informative section that addresses recent research linking early childhood "scribbling" to later language development and the importance of parental encouragement of this activity;
• and new reproductions of master drawings throughout
AH-HA! I SEE IT NOW!
Everyone has experienced that joyful moment when the light flashes on -- the Ah-Ha! of creativity.
Creativity. It is the force that drives problem-solving, informs effective decision-making and opens new frontiers for ambition and intelligence. Those who succeed have learned to harness their creative power by keeping that light bulb turned on.
Now, Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, the million-copy best-seller that proved all people can draw well just as they can read well, has decoded the secrets of the creative process to help you tap your full creative potential and apply that power to everyday problems. How does Betty Edwards do this? Through the power of drawing -- power you can harness to see problems in new ways.
You will learn how the creative process progresses from stage to stage and how to move your own problem-solving through these key steps:
* First insight
* Illumination (the Ah-Ha!)
Through simple step-by-step exercises that require no special artistic abilities, Betty Edwards will teach you how to take a new point of view, how to look at things from a different perspective, how to see the forest and the trees, in short, how to bring your visual, perceptual brainpower to bear on creative problem-solving.
Using techniques tested and honed in her five-day intensive color workshops, Edwards provides a basic understanding of how to see color, how to use it, and-for those involved in art, painting, or design-how to mix and combine hues. Including more than 125 color images and exercises that move from simple to challenging, this volume explains how to:
While we recognize and treasure the beautiful use of color, reproducing what we see can be a challenge. Accessibly unweaving color's complexity, this must-have primer is destined to be an instant classic.