Leon Lou – Towards an experimental psychological pedagogy for observational drawing and painting

I am a psychologist of vision perception and a self-taught representational artist. I have a Master’s degree in Psychology from the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Science, and a PhD in cognitive psychology from University of California, San Diego. I published several papers on how voluntary attention affects sensory and perceptual processes and related issues on psychological journals before starting to pursue a rekindled love for drawing and painting. My charcoal drawings and oil paintings have been exhibited in several local art exhibitions and festivals since 2012.

Most recently, I have become interested in understanding the perceptual processes and mechanisms involved in observational (or perceptual) drawing and painting—-a research topic that have eluded most vision scientists interested in everyday utilitarian vision and robot vision. My 2017 review paper titled “Artists’ innocent eye as extended proximal mode of vision” published on the journal “Art and Perception” is a culmination of more than three years’ research and thinking. In the paper I proposed a theoretical framework for understanding the nature and development of the artists’ perceptual expertise that may have implications for science-based pedagogical approaches to drawing, painting, and creativity.

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Towards an experimental psychological pedagogy for observational drawing and painting