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The Northern
Drawing Schoolpresents
Conventionin Lund


HFK BremenDE
Konstfack StockholmSE
Gerrit Rietveld Academie AmsterdamNL
Lund UniversitySE
The Northern Drawing School invites you to join us for a four-day symposium explorating the relationship between drawing and mathematics located at the Skissernas Museum, City hall, Stadshallen, Stenkrossen, and Saluhallen in the city of Lund SE. Each day there will be a series of dedicated workshops that challenge, develop, and redefine one of the key themes which makes drawing and mathematics closely related. In the evenings there will be lectures open to the public.
DAY ONE 20.08 LINES 9:30AM Gathering & Registration
10AM The Northern Drawing School, What & Why?
1PM Lunch
2PM Workshop: AAL RIGA, "From plane to line"

6PM Lecture: DoA, Marja Nurminen, (FINN) Aalto University, Helsinki, "The Teaching of Drawing in Higher Arts Education - Articulating the Practitioners' Orientations”

DAY TWO: 21.08 TEXTURES 9:30AM Morning gathering
10AM Workshop by KHIO Oslo × AAL Riga, "Texture - Patterns"
1PM Lunch

2PM Workshop: ATLAS, Textured Interiors

2PM Workshop by Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam × Konstfack Stockholm, "A line is a dot that went for a walk that realised it's not really important what it recorded but what it was led to see"

DAY THREE 22.08 SPACE 9:30AM Morning gathering

10AM Workshop: EKA Tallinn, "From Space to Space"

1PM Lunch at Skissernas museum
2PM Excursion: Ale Stenar
6PM Lecture: Dr. Gemma Anderson Tempini (UK), University of Exeter

DAY FOUR 23.08 INFINITY 9:30AM Morning gathering

10AM Lecture by Associate Prof. Magnus Aspengren, Lund University, "Art and Fractals"

1PM Lunch
2PM Workshop by HfK Bremen × Be Körner, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, "Learning Agreement, How to improve your drawing skills with 62% by the implementation of chaos"

6PM Lecture by Lund University, Prof. Kristina Juter, Representations of infinity, "A never ending story"

EVE Barbeque and poetry readings

23 – 24.08.24

Public NDS Exhibition at the Skissernas Museum

With a thematic focus on drawing's relationship to mathematics, the symposium underlines drawing's potential as both a cognitive tool and a problem-solving mechanism across various academic disciplines. At NDS, we believe that drawing holds immense potential not only as a tool for problem-solving and creative expression but also as a medium for exploration, experimentation, and personal development. By challenging these conventional notions of what drawing can, we hope to expand the appreciation for drawings significance in both education and society.

About The Northern Drawing School The Northern Drawing School (NDS) is a network established 2023 by teachers at seven leading art schools in Northern Europe (Estonia, Germany, Latvia, The Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden) with the aim of strengthening the role of drawing in higher artistic education (and elsewhere). The practical educational aspect of drawing is central to the network. From a child's first playful strokes to the more utilitarian use of drawing in adult life as a means of conveying information and artistic expression, drawing has always been a tool that defines us as humans. In today's educational systems, there's a dominating trend of de-prioritizing artistic subjects, overshadowed by a focus on quantifiable outcomes. This shift arguably threaterns a repression of cultural diversity, independent thinking, and disrupt the understanding of complex relationships and interdisciplinary concepts. Artistic skills, essential for the embracement of creativity and innovation in education, also play a significant role in advancing fields such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). At NDS, we do not see drawing solely as an artistic medium; we believe that drawing can also be integrated as a central component to stimulate creative thinking in other academic disciplines, multidimensional problem solving and clarification of abstract concepts. In the long run, our vision would be that the network’s work will draw attention to the role of drawing in education in general, not least in primary school. Research has clearly shown that drawing enriches cognitive abilities, which are a fundamental prerequisite for all learning and problem solving. It is important to underline that NDS’s primary goal is to democratize access to the motor and cognitive benefits of artistic practice, welcoming individuals of all skill levels to explore the art of drawing. At NDS, everyone’s unique contributions are valued, embracing everyone’s essence for endless exploration.

NDS is kindly supported by: