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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
Expanded & Updated, The definitive, 4th edition
Genre: Art, brain science
Pages: 320 Hardcover, Paperback and Sketchbook leather-like edition
Date Published: May 2012
Publisher: Tarcher, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

For more than 30 years, Betty Edwards’ DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN has been a cornerstone text for artists of all skill levels—from beginners to professionals. Having sold nearly 2 million copies in the United States alone, this New York Times bestseller is the world’s most widely used drawing instruction book.

Now for the first time in over a decade, Edwards has fully revised and updated her landmark guide.

DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN: The Definitive Fourth Edition (Tarcher/Penguin, $32.95/hardcover, $19.95/paperback, $32.95 hardcover) helps readers deepen their artistic ability by channeling the power of right-brain perception. This all-new edition includes crucial updates based on current research on brain plasticity and the significance of right-brain learning. There are also new exercises that help your perception “cross over” from the dominant left brain mode to right. The new edition has a new focus on how exercising the right brain hemisphere can help balance out the left brain emphasis in American life. It also contains new information on how employing right-brain drawing skills can improve and broaden your everyday problem-solving skills.

As we start our homeschooling journey I am often looking to the future for possible choices for curriculum and resources. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is definitely a resource I plan to keep around. Art is something that has always escaped me. I remember in elementary school there was a teacher who walked around to different classrooms with a cart teaching art, but that is all I remember. I do not remember any of our classes or really learning anything in that situation. I remember doing kits from a hobby store and learning different things that way, but the only one that stuck with me was cross stitch and later in my married life quilting. In first grade I won first price for a coloring contest, drawing and coloring, but that was just me having fun. I never learned any real skills. There was one summer, I think it must have still been in my elementary school years, where I took all sorts of classes on pottery and drawing and other things in artistic pursuit. I loved it, but nothing ever went any further. My schools did not have art classes after that, until I entered high school, but those classes were all advanced and for people that had been involved in art their whole lives so it was too late to get started.

Now, a decade later I’m shown that it is not too late and that I indeed can learn to draw. That’s fascinating! I have an advanced reader copy edition so I cannot promise that the final press print would appear like this.  In my edition they are all black and white and some are quite dim and hard to see. But the real treasure in this book is not just in the images and examples but in the text. Reading through this book the student has a great teacher that cares about the skill of learning to draw. Yet there is more in psychology and neuroscience mentioned as well as teaching direction to draw. It is not surprising after reading through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain that this is “the world’s most widely used drawing instruction book”. I agree that this book is written for all in the professional, academic and even hobbyist frame of mind.

*Thanks to Tarcher/Penguin for providing an ARC for review.*

 This all-new edition includes:

  • A new preface and introduction written by the author
  • Important updates based on the most up-to-date, groundbreaking research on brain plasticity and the significance of right-brain learning
  • An entirely new chapter that guides readers in using the five basic perceptual skills of drawing (seeing edges, negative spaces, perspective and proportion, lights and shadows, and the gestalt) to improve problem solving in all areas of their lives.
  • A new section devoted to recent research that links early childhood “scribbling” to later language acquisition
  • New reproductions of master drawings througout

Click here to read the first chapter of DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN: The Definitive Fourth Edition


Betty Edwards (born in 1926 in San Francisco, California) is an American art teacher and author, best known for her 1979 book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. She taught and did research at the California State University, Long Beach until she retired in the late ’90s. While there, she founded the Center for the Educational Applications of Brain Hemisphere Research.

She received a Bachelor’s in Art from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, 1947), a Master’s of Art from California State University, Northridge, and a Doctorate in Art, Education, and Psychology from UCLA (1978).

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The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her eight-year-old AppleBlossom, three-year-old Almond Blossom (the Rascal boy!), six-year-old OrangeBlossom (the Princess), and newborn Mermaid Warrior in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.