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We are an interdisciplinary research network. We host drawing symposia, foster collaboration, publish on drawing and cognition and run educational courses and workshops.




Directors: 123 Draw – Drs  Fava, Brew & Kantrowitz


2014-07-25 16.22.08

Andrea Kantrowitz

Andrea at Academia.edu

2014-07-25 16.26.17

Angie Brew

Angie at Academia.edu

2014-07-25 16.21.43

 Michelle Fava

Michelle at Academia.edu


Barbara Tversky

Judith Burton

Simon Betts

Stephen Farthing


Below are details of people who have given keynotes, presented papers, sat on panels, and led  workshops at our symposia, or otherwise contributed to the running of TtD. This is not a comprehensive list – we are building it,  adding members as we go. Please send us a sentence or two about yourself for this page.

2013 Presenters and Panelists

Janet Abrams is a visual artist and writer, who produced the WWW Drawing Project, including the video that will be shown at the Thinking through Drawing symposium, as Special Projects Director for the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Penn State University, in 2012-13.

 Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member ensemble dedicated to the creation, performance, and recording of today’s music. It is an advocate for innovative work by established and emerging composers, especially works that incorporate theatrical and multimedia elements by choreographers, visual artists, designers, and directors. It fosters the education and professional development of young musicians through residencies, master classes, readings and workshops.

 Yoon Bahk is a designer and an educator in London who specializes in design thinking and visual scribing. A native of South Korea, Yoon spent a good portion of her formative years in the US and UK. She was trained as an industrial designer at KAIST (2006) in South Korea and received her Masters from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London in Innovation Design Engineering (2008). Her background and education allows her to be not only bilingual but also multicultural and interdisciplinary enabling her to weave between the social spaces between cultures, disciplines including design and engineering, and commercial and academic worlds.

Jonathan Berger’s “dissonant but supple” (New York Times) compositions integrate science and human experience, i.e., what does a cancer cell or golf swing sound like? And why does a song make us cry? Berger is the Denning Family Provostial Professor in Music at Stanford University, where he teaches composition, music theory, and cognition at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He was the founding co-director of the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SICA, now the Stanford Arts Institute) and founding director of Yale University’s Center for Studies in Music Technology.  

Simon Betts is currently Dean of College Wimbledon College of Art. He studied painting at Sheffield Polytechinic and later completed his MA in painting at Chelsea College of Art & Design. He worked in further education for a number of years as course director foundation at Kensington & Chelsea College London, before becoming course leader foundation at Wimbledon in 2003. His drawing research interest is centered on drawing pedagogy and developing courses that promote new approaches to teaching and learning for drawing across disciplines. 
Angie Brew is a drawing teacher and practitioner, She researched enactive observational drawing methods and pedagogy for her doctorate. Her art practice explores secular approaches to death, and drawing for well-being. She leads a community project Drawing Growth in Brixton, London and teaches privately.

Roberto Casati is a tenured senior researcher with the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS-EHESS-ENS). Based in Paris, France, he has worked on various research projects in philosophy and the cognitive sciences, and has taught or been a research fellow at several universities, among which the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University IUAV-Venice, the University of Turin, and Columbia University. 

Simon Downs studied illustration (of a particularly traditional school). The evolution of the computer aided design sphere caused him to rethink this traditional practice. In turn he became a digital illustrator, digital animator, interaction and multimedia designer and editorial designer. 

Michelle Fava is a visual artist, teacher and researcher based at Loughborough University where she lectures in Fine Art, and is a member of the Design Education Research Group. She holds an MA in Contemporary Visual Arts from Falmouth University (2005). Her current doctoral research investigates the cognitive functions underpinning drawing, and the contemporary educational relevance of observational practices. Michelle has worked with UK schools and colleges to innovate curricula and teaching methods, and foster communities for pedagogic research and innovation.

 Natasha Freedman is a creative director working across the arts sector. She directed Complicite’s research and education programme for many years and worked closely with the Laboratoire d’Etude du Mouvement, investigating the relationships between form, the body, colour and space.

Vinod Goel originally trained as an architect. However, unable to develop the skills to sketch, draw and visualize in three dimensions, and mesmerized by several books by Nicholas Negroponte, he stepped outside of the field to try and figure out the relationship between mind and design. He eventually ended up at Berkeley where he studied philosophy, computer science, and psychology and completed an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in cognitive science. Tara Geer got her BA from Columbia University with a double major in Art and Art History, she graduated Magna Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa. She went back to Columbia with a Teaching Fellowship to get a MFA. She has been drawing and teaching drawing for the nearly 2 decades since. 

Mehrdad Hadighi completed his post-professional studies at Cornell University and holds a professional degree in architecture and a degree in studio art from the University of Maryland. His scholarly work focuses on drawing parallels between 20th century art, theory and criticism and the constructive principles of architecture. Hadighi’s premiated design competition entries include the Studentenheim + Bauernmarkt, Glockengasse, Public Space in the New American City, Atlanta, Berlin Alexanderplatz Design Competition, Austrian Cultural Institute in Manhattan, and the Peace Garden Design Competition. He has produced site specific installations for galleries in Washington, DC, Buffalo, Ithaca and New York City, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. 

Andrea Kantrowitz is an artist, teacher and doctoral candidate at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, where she is doing research on the cognitive dimensions of contemporary artists’ drawing practices. She holds a B.A in Art and Cognition from Harvard University and a MFA in Painting from Yale, teaches foundation drawing at Pratt Institute, and is an adjunct professor in the graduate program in art education at the College of New Rochelle. She has also worked for many years as a teaching artist in the New York City public schools have been involved in multiple local and national research projects. Her research examines the cognitive interactions underlying contemporary artists’ drawing practices. Her own art work has been exhibited nationally and is represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont NY.

Sabiha Keskin was born in 1955 in Tekirdag, Turkey. In 1974, she graduated from Istanbul Robert College which was considered to provide the best American education in Turkey. She was awarded with Fulbright and TUBITAK grants. She had acceptances from Stanford and Rochester Universities. She preferred to have a medical career in Turkey. In 1980, Keskin was graduated from the Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty in Istanbul Turkey. 
Cyra Levenson, Ed.M., is Associate Curator of Education at the Yale Center for British Art. Prior to Yale, Ms. Levenson held positions at the Seattle Art Museum and the Rubin Museum of Art focused on gallery interpretation. She has worked closely with schools and teachers throughout her career and has conducted research and published on the topic of visual literacy and creativity in museum practice. 
Rebecca McGinnis is the Museum Educator overseeing Access and Community Programs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She and her colleagues are recognized internationally for their pioneering programs for visitors with disabilities. 
Julia Midgley is Reader in Documentary Drawing at Liverpool School Art & Design. She practices as as a reportage and documentary artist. Her work serves as a narrative, documentary and archive of 21st century life with a focus on war artists and surgery. Her drawings of 20th Century medicine were exhibited at The Royal College of Surgeons. 

Chris Moffett is a philosopher of educational aesthetics and a founding member of ARE (aestheticrelationalexercises.com) exploring the moving traces of embodied practice. Currently in New York City, he works with the aesthetics of urban and academic ambulations. He moves with others.

Jane Nisselson is the founder of the film production studio Virtual Beauty, whose Webby-nominated short films focus on the intersection of design, science, and engineering. She received her M.S. from the MIT Media Lab. Short documentaries include online video series for the Corning Museum of Glass and Popular Mechanics. Recent projects include a National Science Foundation funded viral video “Explaining Diagrams.” 
Jaanika Peerna is an Estonian-born artist living and working near New York since 1998, and currently in Berlin. Her work engages with transitions in light, air, water and often involves collaborative processes with designers, dancers, and musicians.

Sharon Rosenzweig is an investigative cartoonist, looking at and listening to people involved in their pursuits, including Occupy Wall Street and backyard chickens. 

Sara Schneckloth‘s studio practice is motivated by the question of how science, imagination, and the body inform one another through the activity of drawing. Schneckloth has shown in over fifty exhibitions throughout the US, South Africa, and France, including the Wisconsin Triennial, the Columbus Biennial, Drawing Beyond at the Princeton Arts Council, the Florida Experimental Film Festival, Soho20 Chelsea, and in numerous university galleries.  
Marjorie Shelley is the Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of the Museum’s Sherman Fairchild Center for Works on Paper and Photograph Conservation.

Jill Sigman asks questions through the medium of the body. Trained in classical ballet, contemporary dance, art history, and analytic philosophy, Sigman has been making dances and performance installations since the early 90s. She is Artistic Director of jill sigman/thinkdance which she founded in 1998, the same year she received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University. 

 Seymour Simmons is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Art at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina, where he coordinates the Undergraduate Art Education program and teaches courses in both art education and studio art, e.g., drawing and figure drawing. 

Kim Sloane 
is currently the Acting Chair of Foundation at Pratt Institute where he had taught the Foundation Drawing course for some fifteen years. Mr. Sloane is also a practicing artist who has shown widely in New York, and has twice received awards for his drawing at the National Academy Museum’s biannual exhibitions. He is a graduate of Yale College and received his MFA from the Parsons School of Design.

John Tchalenko graduated in Geology, continued with a PhD in Civil Engineering and published extensively in seismotectonics and earthquakes. He became documentary film director for arts and science films, producing essentially for Channel4, BBC2 and FR3.  In 2000, he was made Reader in Drawing and Cognition at the University of the Arts London. 

Viyki Turnbull is an artist based in London, whose work is concerned with the close examination of objects. Her 154 page work ‘The Drawn Inventory of all the Objects in my Studio’ won the Islington Exhibits artist award in 2012 and her work has been commissioned by the Whitechapel Gallery, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Building Exploratory. Vicki leads practical workshops in drawing at the National Portrait Gallery, the Camden Arts Centre and RIBA. 
Barbara Tversky is a cognitive psychologist, currently Professor of Psychology at Columbia Teachers College and Professor Emerita at Stanford University. She has long been interested in visual and spatial cognition, thinking, language, and communication, including depictions, descriptions, maps, diagrams, instructions, sketches, illustrations, gestures, and comics. These interests have taken her to collaborations with computer scientists, philosophers, chemists, biologists, geographers, geologists, educators, linguists, designers, architects, and artists. She is gratified by what seems to be an explosion of interest in visual and spatial thinking and communication in so many arenas.

Monika Weiss is a transdisciplinary artist whose work examines relationships between body and history, and evokes ancient rituals of lamentation as traditionally performed in response to war. Her public performances, films, installations and sound works often incorporate drawing as a performative language sited within the space of historical memory and contemporary urban landscape. 
Anna Willieme is the founder and director of ArtMed inSight which explores the connections between art and medicine and is currently collaborating with leading medical institutions in both New York and Boston.

Featured presenters 2012:

Gemma Anderson was born in Belfast in 1981 and now lives and works between London and Cornwall. Anderson attended Falmouth College of Art (BA) and the Royal College of Art, London (MA). Gemma is currently Artist in Residence at Imperial College Mathematics Department and has been awarded a studentship at University College Falmouth to complete a practise based PhD in Comparative Morphology and Drawing.

Judith Burton is Professor and Director of Art and Art Education, Columbia University Teachers College, NYC. Before that she was Chair of Art Education at Boston University and taught at the Massachusetts College of Art.  She received her Ed. D. from Harvard University in 1980. Her research focuses on the artistic-aesthetic development of children and adolescents and the implications this has for teaching and learning. In 1995, she co-founded the Center for Research in Arts Education at Teachers College, and in 1996, she founded the Heritage School a comprehensive high school featuring the arts, located in Harlem, NYC. 

Margaret Cox OBE is Emeritus professor of information technology in education at Kings College.  Following her PhD in Atomic Physics in 1965 from London University, Margaret Cox was a part-time lecturer in physics and a physics teacher prior to her appointment as a research officer in 1971 at Surrey University and then co-ordinator for Computer Assisted Learning across the university. 

Andrew Dawson is a theatre director, performer, Feldenkrais practitioner and hand model. He studied dance with Merce Cunningham in New York and theatre in Paris with Phillipe Gaulier, Monika Pagneux and Jacques Lecoq.  

Barbara Tversky is Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and Professor Emerita at Stanford University. She received her B.A., M.A., and PhD degrees all from the University of Michigan, the latest in 1969. After positions at Hebrew University, the University of Oregon, and the University of Michigan, she settled at Stanford University, where she taught and researched from 1977 through 2006, when she moved to Teacher College at Columbia University. Tversky has received awards and fellowships from the American Psychological Society, the Cognitive Science Society, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Society for Experimental Psychology, and Phi Beta Kappa. 

6 Responses to About

  1. Juan Antonio Islas Munoz says:


    I am a visiting professor at the University of Cincinnati, college of DAAP, and would like to learn more about your efforts. I am trying to define my research direction and drawing and cognition sounds dangerously interesting to me, since it matches my graduate thesis work nicely and is a subject I am passionate about.

    How can I learn more about you?


  2. Sydney says:

    Greetings. May I sign up for a drawing circle? I think I want to join. As your drawing circles are password protected, I am making inferences that I have the skills, time and interest to participate.
    I think spherically as I teach high school visual art teacher. My current project is changing assessment strategies from a deficit, monetary model to a development wheel model across all content silos. Art, mark making, visual communication alignment is making this possible.
    My name is Sydney E. Willcox.

  3. Ansley Adams says:


    I submitted work to the We All Draw Symposium, it says on the prospectus that the selected entries were to be posted on the website by Sept. 15th, but I can not find that information. Should I just mail my submission?



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