STAR CITY — Star City High School art students recently learned to draw upside down as part of an introductory drawing lesson involving the brain.

STAR CITY — Star City High School art students recently learned to draw upside down as part of an introductory drawing lesson involving the brain.

Students in Roger Darren High’s art I classes at Star City High School were required to draw images of famous works of art including Grant Wood’s “American Gothic”, Pablo Picasso’s “The Old Guitarist”, Vincent van Gogh’s “Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear”, and Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”, that were projected upside down on the interwrite board.

As part of the art lesson the students learned about the two hemispheres of the brain: the left brain and the right brain. The left brain is verbal, analytical, rational, linear, and logical, while the right brain is intuitive, spatial, divergent, analogical, and non-temporal. Your left brain (the analytical side) is the side that recognizes the image when it is turned upright. When the facial features are recognizable students may attempt to utilize stored memories of each part rather than focusing on things as they actually look. By drawing the images upside down the left brain is shut off and the right brain (the creative side of the brain) gets to work viewing the image as lines and shapes enabling students to draw things as they actually appear not how they think they appear.

The lesson taught students to allow the right brain to look at the lines and spatial relationships of the object being drawn while ignoring the criticism of the left brain that prevents the majority of adults from progressing in art skills beyond the level of development they reached at age 9 or 10.