Wouldn't it be nice if we could look a bit closer, a bit better. Maybe we have to learn how to look. The good news is, we can. It is not difficult, and everyone can do it: by drawing!
It is easy to be overcome with wonder at the Rijksmuseum. How could anyone make something so beautiful, interesting, or moving?
Why does it affect me? What do I actually see?
The problem now is … that we look at things quickly, fleetingly, superficially. We are easily distracted: by other people, our own thoughts, a little device vibrating in an inside pocket.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could look a bit closer, a bit better. Maybe we have to learn how to look.
The good news is, we can. It is not difficult, and everyone can do it: by drawing!
Just think of this as being ‘all about the journey, not the destination.’ You don’t even have to be able to draw because this is not about the final result, but rather about looking at what you want to draw.
When you do this, you begin to see things you never noticed before. You see proportions, details, lines… you get closer to the artist’s secret.
This is why the Rijksmuseum is conducting a campaign: #startdrawing
The architect who designed the Rijksmuseum already created the Drawing School in 1885. There, if you want, you can learn how to draw, paint, photograph, and so forth, but you don’t have to. Actually, we all already know how to draw. As children there is nothing we enjoy doing more, but then as we grow up we have to write, talk, and think rationally.
Our advice is to go and draw again! It doesn't take much to do this: a piece of paper and a pencil, a sidewalk and some chalk.
People who want to draw are always welcome in the Rijksmuseum.
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