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‘Drawing Laboratory’: Research workshops and outcomes


This article examines the development and running of a pilot scheme called ‘Drawing Laboratory’, a series of 5 workshops devised at Central Saint Martins in 2015, to explore associations between the physical act of drawing, and the encoding and retrieval processes of human memory. The project informally piloted a co-curricular space where drawing extends beyond traditional expectations and is used as a research tool for developing thinking, improving concentration and enhancing memory. The workshops aimed to identify a series of mnemonic devices to record and recall information from episodic memory and use them to develop a tool for use in Art and Design learning environments.



Drawing, Memory, Drawing Laboratory


Author Biography

Michelle Salamon

Michelle Salamon is acting Platform Leader in Time and Movement on BA (Hons) Graphic Communication Design and an Associate Lecturer in MA Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins. She presented a paper on ‘Memory and Animation’ at the Animated Realities conference held at Edinburgh University School of Art in 2011 and ran a workshop on ‘Memory Drawing’ at the Thinking Through Drawing We All Draw symposium in 2015.


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