Drawing and Photography: A Resource for Teachers

This resource could be used in the classroom, or with other groups exploring themes around drawing, photography and creativity in children.

Drawing and photography both investigate representation and present themselves via the two dimensional surface. Parallels exist within the grain of film, the texture of paper, metallic surfaces of graphite and the silver within emulsion. Children draw as a way to record and respond to their experiences.

In early years children are confident in imaginative drawing, play and creative mark making. Drawing becomes more representational as they progress through the education system and many teachers comment on confidence levels falling. However, at the same time, many children also gravitate to drawing, preferring this to any other activity. Drawing and photography can take many forms and be integrated in many ways. This resource invites you to embrace, challenge and explore the links between the two mediums and how they can be creatively employed within the classroom with all ages.

There is a fine line between drawing and photography. Photography has been termed ‘drawing with light’ and was born in the 1850’s, with artists and draftsmen wishing to capture a truly authentic representation of the world by experimenting with a lens to project an image of the outside world inside a darkened box or room as reference for their preparatory sketches.

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