Doodling: Artsy or Innappropriate?

Rachel Oczkus

The lure of a piece of binder paper and a writing utensil is undeniable. You don’t have to be an AP Art student to give in to the irresistible urge to doodle on the margins of a page rather than take notes on a lecture.

Doodlers are the true artists of the 21st century. While most of us must focus solely on our teachers’ words, these students possess the uncanny ability to multitask.

The work of these underground artists may never be seen in a museum or featured at an art fair. However, if you take a quick look around Miramonte, you may witness the making of a simple masterpiece.

Whether it is geometric shapes, complex fantasy characters, or random sunbeams and flowers, a doodler’s pen traces the artist’s most random thoughts and translates them on a page. The randomness of these drawings is the essence of their beauty.

“I always find myself doodling during class,” said senior Hannah Laher. Laher, an AP Art student and dedicated artist always has some sort of design sketched on her hands, arms, or paper. Laher covers her homework and classwork assignments with drawings in the margins, giving her teachers something besides her work to look at.

Typically, one would think that intricate drawings like these would take up much of the focus required to pay attention in class. For some, this isn’t the case at all. By also focusing on doodling, one’s mind can more easily focus on the teacher’s words. “Drawing helps me focus,” said junior Gordon Reed. “When I am doodling during class I can stay focused on what the teacher is saying. Otherwise, my mind wanders and paying attention seems like more of a chore.”

The ultimate doodler is Tyler Woo. Woo doodled since birth. In almost every class he can be seen drawing all over his homework, tests, and worksheets. Don’t be fooled, Woo’s ability to multitask helps him tune in to the lesson when needed.

He never misses a beat! “I like to draw faces because I’m bad at them and it’s good practice,” said Woo.

Even the amateur artist can create his own masterpiece when he lets his pen wander. “All it takes is practice,” said Laher. Overall, doodling channels a student’s creativity and turns a normal, boring worksheet into a classic work of art.