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Art and Design Research Seminar – Thinking Through Drawing

25 October 2017 | 15:00 - 16:30


The University of Portsmouth’s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, is proud to announce, the first Art & Design Research Seminar of this term, featuring Dr Michelle Fava.

Dr Michelle Fava is the co-founder of an inter-disciplinary research network and professional development provider called, the Thinking through Drawing project. Fava is also Junior Research Fellow at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University, and a Research Associate of the Judge Business School, at Cambridge University.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday the 25th of October at 3pm in EW 1.02, and will focus around how creativity, adaptability and independent learning are more important than ever, but how can we promote these aptitudes in young people?

This action research project demonstrates how drawing methods can be used across disciplines to promote peer learning and strengthen a students ability to make connections between subjects and apply learning in places other than the classroom.

Using graphic notation and observational drawing tasks, that are designed to apply cognitive principles, students develop meta-cognitive and non verbal reasoning skills. This work is informed by recent research in educational and cognitive psychology, and primary research into changing skill-set requirements of Art and Design and other HE courses.

Dr Michelle Fava says

“The talk will describe a 10 week programme, developed to embed visual literacy and meta-learning across curricula. The programme is a synthesis of 6 years worth of research and development, applying ideas and inspiration from members of the Thinking Through Drawing network. I hope it will spark debate about contemporary pedagogies and education for creativity”

Dr Michelle Fava is a dynamic and compelling speaker, thoroughly insightful about the educational process and her work will undoubtedly be of interest across the Creative and Cultural Industries Faculty, for both staff and students.

Image artwork by Dr Michelle Fava.

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