You Can Draw the Way You Feel is a book that was first
conceived in 1975 through working with children ages 4 to 7.
Artist/Inventor Nancy Burson invited a few hundred students from
various NYC schools to draw their feelings instead of what they see.
It was Burson's exploration of the natural artist within all children,
removing the expectation that they needed to create perfectly rendered
images at a time in their development when that is impossible.
What emerged are wondrous abstract drawings emulating those created by
the world's foremost artists. Burson's intuitive practice of teaching
children to draw by accessing their feelings is an expansive way for
both children and adults to uncover the natural artists they already
Burson preserved the drawings in the hope that someday You Can Draw
the Way You Feel would come to light. Now, over three decades
later, we have interactive books allowing readers to participate and
create drawings of their own feelings!
The works resulting from Burson's methodology echo some of the very
best of abstract art. You Can Draw the Way You Feel also acts
as a form of art therapy, dealing with the emotive aspects of the self
that psychologists know to be therapeutic.
Built into the book is a beautiful drawing app, allowing users to
immediately draw the way they feel. Drawings can be shared by using
screen grabs to save them to the iPad's camera roll.
Can you draw the way you feel?
I loved it
I loved how the author used simple words and drawings yet delivered so many emotions. The book inspired me to see things from a different perspective.
Worth to read
Beautiful... I feel so relaxed right now...