Drawing is seen as some ways as the quintessential act of creativity. Formany kids art classes are also perhaps where most of us get our first ‘creativescars’ – and we’ve discovered through our work with adults that most of thesescars endure for decades.
But as the 30,000+year old cave paintings of our ancestors attest, drawing/painting is in our DNA. It’s an essentially human act. We all knew how to draw before we could speak, write or use numbers.
EGAKU Workshop is an art incubation program created by the artist, Kuni Yazawa. The program was inspired by his own personal experience with art and his sense of the limitations of traditional art education in Japan.
Yazawa’s first positive encounter with art came about by accident – it was when he was in middle school and dispirited by his consistently poor grades in art, almost as an actof rebellion he decided to change his approach to art class. Rather than following the crowd, he decided to experiment, challenge the perceived wisdom of using brushes to paint and instead used his fingers to dab paint onto the paper – and to his surprise he was given an A! That was an eye opening experience – it made him realize that there’s no answer in art. It’s perhaps the only subject at school where there’s no answer: it’s all about creating your own answer!
The program hasbeen designed by an artist for artists of all ages and backgrounds. It’s a compact 3 hour program which allows everyone and any one to rediscover the creative potential curled up inside each one of us. There have been over 7,000 program participants – from primary school students to high-powered CEOs – and to date and not once has a participant failed to draw/paint!