An argument could be made supporting the claim that the curse of this generation is that in an effort to stay more connected, we are actually less connected than ever. As we busily doodle on our phones, we are missing the world around us and the present moment. Being so focused on our phones means we are distracted by our surrounds, by life as it passes us by.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam wants to stop this (if only for a few hours) with their new campaign, #startdrawing. Rijksmusuem invites their visitors to leave their cameras and smartphones at home so they can fully appreciate the wonder and beauty of the art in the galleries by drawing what they see. As you approach the Rijksmuseum, a large banner “banning” photography greets its visitors.
The Rijksmuseum writes on their site, “in today’s world of mobile phones and media, a visit to a museum is often a passive and superficial experience. Visitors are easily distracted and do not truly experience beauty, magic and wonder. This is why the Rijksmuseum wants to help visitors discover and appreciate the beauty of art and history through drawing, so #startdrawing!”
By encouraging visitors to sketch their own images, the Rijksmuseum hopes people will slow down and focus on the art, see its details, and hopefully, appreciate its beauty. The museum hosts various activiites including Drawing Saturday, where they hand out sketchbooks and pencils for all of their guests and drawing assignments are given throughout the museum. The campaign launched the weekend of October 24th with The Big Draw, an international drawing festival, where all guests were handed drawing supplies and had the opportunity to attend courses to learn how to draw and drawing techniques.
What do you think? Is photography a distraction and does it take away from experiencing the “beauty, magic, and wonder of art?” Do you think drawing helps people appreciate art more?
[Via Bored Panda]