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experience and imagine how it might be otherwise.
Drawing is a fundamental and cognitive activity of
the human mind, one that stretches across many
and diverse subject domains. As these papers attest,
lines and marks on surfaces are ways of having and
constructing ideas equally as they constitute ways of
expressing them.
Acknowledgments and thanks are due to Andrea
Kantrowitz, Teachers College, Angela Brew, Uni-
versity of the Arts London and Michelle Fava,
Loughborough University, whose trans-Atlantic
conversations about drawing led to the idea for the
Teachers College Conference. To Barbara Tversky
and Seymour Simmons whose interests and research
gave further impetus to the shaping of the event and,
to Simon Betts and Steven Farthing, also from the
University of the Arts London, who cut into their
busy lives to share their “bigger picture” of drawing
with us. Thanks to all contributors from both sides of
the Atlantic for making this a most collegial and rich
experience for us all and to Tree Williams, Eileen
Begley, Alison Faye, Nicole Avery and the rest of the
TC student volunteers who pitched in to make sure
the event ran smoothly. Finally, and by no mean least
to Razia Sadik, Rabeya Jalil, and the entire Macy Art
Gallery team for their work installing the challenging
and wonderful drawing exhibition that both lifted
everyone’s spirits while offering plenty of scope for
heated debate. We install them again here in these
pages for everyone’s delight.

Judith M. Burton
Professor and Director, Art and Art Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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