Quantum Drawing Workshop

Quantum Drawing Workshop

Paul Thomas

UCLA Art|Sci Center presents: A workshop with Paul Thomas - Quantum Drawing
7 Apr 2021 - 2:00pm

Register for the workshop HERE

The Quantum Drawing workshop designed by Honorary Professor Paul Thomas would benefit scientists, physicists, artists and designers. The participants will explore via drawing concepts of John Bell’s 1964 provocation, to try and capture reality in the act of happening. Bell’s theorem was designed to prove or disprove the fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics.

The Quantum Drawing workshop draws an analogous relationship with probability and uncertainty prevalent in science where the observer affects what is observed. The workshop questions the role of the observer influencing what is seen and experienced whilst measuring the world through drawn marks. By the act of drawing, the participants will question their roles in observing and measuring the world.

Complex subjects such as delayed choice quantum erasure, probability, indeterminacy, entanglement, superposition and the classical-quantum divide will be explored through the traditional act of mark-making. When an artist makes a mark on a piece of paper through a process of summing all the probabilities of what they experience then the mark collapses the world down to a single state.

Intentional repositioning and reshaping of science practices through art can promote exploration of different ways of visualising, perceiving, understanding, communicating and acting in the material world. In so doing this workshop becomes a model for facilitating transdisciplinary development of alternative domains and discourses that garner insights gained from perception, seeing with understanding.


The online workshop will ask the participants to select a simple still-life object such as a wooden chair. Information on positioning the chosen object will be the subject matter for your drawing.

1. The 3hr workshop will commence with a presentation focusing on the role of the observer/artist in art and physics identified through the act of drawing. 30mins.
2. Two short participatory exercises 30mins.
3. Still-life drawing with one-on-one feedback 1hr 30min

General discussion by participants on the experience of drawing based from their perceptions.

Participants will need:

A3 – A2 sketchbook.
A firm surface to work on like a drawing board no bigger than A2 (Masonite)
Pencils HB to 4B