Learning to draw is really as simple as learning to see more clearly – to look with all the senses. To begin, one need look no further than their own hand. A blind contour drawing requires a fixed gaze on the outline of an object. The artist then tracks the edge of that object with her eyes, while simultaneously drawing the contour very slowly in a continuous line. There are many theories around why blind contour drawing is beneficial for the brain. Kimon Nicolaides recognized the benefits of this exercise because it causes artists to use both senses of sight and touch. While Betty Edwards found that pure contour drawing creates a shift from left mode to right mode thinking. Whatever your reason for doing it, practicing blind contour drawing is a fun way to strengthen your skills.
Blind contour drawings get us thinking about the senses. Consider how your senses work together to help you record memories and perform simple tasks. More curriculum connectors can be found here.