The Doodle Has The Power To Change
Art has always shown how it has the power to affect societal change and here it is no different.
by Nolan Stevens Posted: 2015/11/08
I think it was Picasso who said “It took me four years to paint like Rembrandt and a lifetime to paint like a child.” This is the power of the seemingly simple doodle. Not too long ago I went to one of the events scheduled as one of the build-ups to the now famous Night of a 1000 Drawings events. For the few of you out there who’ve never heard of The Night of a 100 Drawings let me break it down for you...
The Night of a 1000 Drawings is an annual event where the public are invited to an art exhibition of drawings and doodles which are available for sale. The cash from the sales of the artworks usually go towards a cause or beneficiary. That’s the short version. Just between you and me, a lot of the time the art is crap, but every so often someone finds a gem by a rock-star artist or some undiscovered art student who turns out to be the next big thing. I think what keeps the crowds rolling into these events; the chance of bagging the next Picasso for next to nothing.
The extra bits to this are that this year, that cause is a school with a difference. The school is called Street Light and is the first of many to come; Street Light schools are alternative learning centres for lighties from grade R upwards. These schools, and specifically the first of them, which is in Jeppestown will use a range of new school teaching methods, tools and techniques, which let’s face it, our current education system isn’t; such as incorporating interactive technology and the arts when teaching subjects like maths and even literacy. There’s no denying that this group of teachers are trying to revitalise Mzansi’s education system by injecting it with innovation. Putting into context what people mean when they say “If you teach the children of today with the techniques of yesterday you are stealing from their tomorrow.”
Having the school host a doodle session on the rooftop of the Bjala Square building; where they are based gave this event a little extra sumin sumin. There’s something about actually seeing, engaging and interacting with those directly involved and affected by your participation that made this doodle session stand out from the dozens of others I’ve been to. Maybe it was watching the school’s little ones and teachers have fun together; or the artistic collaboration I had with a little face painted girl who taught me how to colour outside the lines that made this event stand out. One thing is certain; this rooftop party was a lot more than another gig with food, free drinks and music. Whether it’s cooler for me because I was getting a master-class in something that took Picasso himself a lifetime to master; or because I was doing it for the kids, this one truly illustrated the power of a doodle
Check out the rest of the doodle day events and the final Night Of a 1000 Drawings event. You may just be one of the lucky ones to snap up a master-piece.