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HATCH Meetup!

Pattie Belle Hastings

HATCH

In drawing, the term ‘hatch’ refers to certain gestures of mark-making - accumulations of closely drawn parallel lines used to describe areas of tone or shade. Yet this word ‘hatch’ carries other meanings -meanings that imply opening, emergence, incubation, the devising of plots and plans. It is our belief that all of the defining pathways encompassed by this word ‘hatch’ are accessed through drawing. Drawing leads the eyes and the hands to record wonder, solve puzzles, map out directions and solutions, expound on mysteries.

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Electric Fingers: immersion, location and presence in capacitive drawing

Pattie Belle Hastings

The phenomenological experience of touch screen drawing differs from than that of analog drawing tools. I sharpen a pencil and apply the point to a surface to make a mark. I see the point and I use the point. Where exactly is the tip of my finger? I am still unable to locate it after having drawn with it for a few years, now. It is really more of a pad than a point - like drawing with a very thick pencil. The mark it makes can be a fine line, but the sensation while drawing is not that of a fine point and I can’t completely determine where the line will go. 

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Collaborative Drawing at the Met

Pattie Belle Hastings

Theses are collaborative drawings created during a workshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the International Drawing & Cognition Research 2013 Symposium. I found it truly inspirational to explore materials and mark making with a group of people (most of whom I did not know.) I was transported by the energy of bodies moving, marking and shifting around the table from seat to seat and tool to tool. 

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DRN 2013 Sketchnotes

Pattie Belle Hastings

A few of my sketchnotes from the 2013 Thinking through Drawing Symposium/Drawing Research Network Conference included a wide variety of workshops, discussions, presentations and panels in studios and museum galleries. “The topics explored the role of drawing in the 21st century: What is drawing for? What can it do? What can we do with it? Drawing pedagogy shapes practice, research shapes pedagogy and practice shapes both. As we think with, through and about drawing, how might pedagogy, practice and research inform one another? We explored the interweavings between these aspects of drawing in art, cognitive science and education.”

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Curating Inspiration

Pattie Belle Hastings

It used to be that we were limited to books, museums and galleries when we wanted to see wonderful examples of drawings and art. The works available were limited and rarified by the book publishing and museum curation processes. The scope of what we could view was very narrow. Social media curation has changed all that and we now make our own museums of inspiration. What follows are links to my ever growing galleries of drawings and tools for drawing. 

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Drawing flowers through the microscope

Pattie Belle Hastings

Microscopy Triptych

Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators (CTNSI) has educational programs in natural science drawing, painting and illustration. This was a two day workshop that I took with my daughter during July 2012. We learned the terminology, parts and kinds of flowers as we dissected and drew from a variety of species.

 Drawings and photos from the workshop.

Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators (In Collaboration with Yale Peabody Museum) www.ctnsi.com

The Drawing Continuum

Pattie Belle Hastings



…drawing is many-stranded and comprises at least some of the following elements: it is essential to the conceiving of ideas; it initiates the work of art; it is a part of the developmental processes of making; and it is implicated in the end product, whatever the medium. In other words, drawing is part of a continuum of making and thinking and of invention and completion.

Deanna Petherbridge
The Primacy of Drawing

Drawing and Thinking

Pattie Belle Hastings

In this age of technological immersion, are we on the brink of losing drawing as a talent, skill or cognitive tool? 

I, for one, worry that we are. I know that I am not alone. It was through a gadget that I returned to drawing after more than a decade away from it. This, and a focused mindfulness practice, has led me to a deeper inquiry into drawing states and the state of drawing. So, I am embarking upon an exploration of drawing as a means for personal development; to record the world; to practice mindful presence; as a tool for embodied action; to explore and generate ideas; to develop and communicate ideas; to plan and realize ideas; to gain new knowledge; and for the pure pleasure of creative practice and expression. I am drawing and I am researching drawing in the humanities, sciences, business, technology and design disciplines. Some end goals include; joining the international forces that are advocating the resurgence of drawing and drawing research; promote drawing as an activity for anyone and everyone through workshops and events; cultivate my own drawing practice along with writing, research and teaching on the subject. 

This will be a place that I can think and draw out loud.