Are you a left-handed artist? Then raise your hands! Your left hands, that is. Did you know that August 13 is designated International Left-Handers Day? It was originally observed to promote awareness of the inconveniences faced by left-handers, who make up from seven to ten percent of the world's population, in a predominantly right-handed world. Today, it celebrates their uniqueness and differences.
Left-handed artists are certainly represented at The Met. These are just a few lefties whose work can be found in the Museum's collection: Leonardo da Vinci (reportedly ambidextrous), Paul Klee, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Peter Paul Rubens, Hans Holbein The Younger, and Vincent van Gogh.
Throughout history, many left-handed people have needed to adapt to use right-handed tools and objects. No matter how you prefer to hold your pencil, take this challenge: select an object that you'd like to draw and set a timer for two minutes. First, sketch the object with your dominant hand. Then, reset the timer and sketch the same object again using the other hand. Are your results similar? Think about whether your concentration or focus changed when you switched. Did it feel different to draw with your other hand? Let us know!