“A lot of people say ‘I’m not good at art, so I shouldn’t really do it,’ but who's to say what’s good and bad?” he offered. “I try and show in all my work how it’s been made, and hopefully that triggers something in your brain, so you say ‘Hey, I could do that.’”
Burgerman’s Doodle School likewise puts the emphasis on having fun and being creative, rather than making artworks that might end up in a gallery. The lessons revolve around exercises with simple materials, markers, and paper. There’s no training necessary and the focus is on spontaneity.
“As soon as you take away that pressure people go for it,” Burgerman explained. “We all grew up with clay and some scribbling, it’s innate in us, but at a certain age that’s taken away from us. It’s not considered grown-up, in a way.”
He’s witnessed many adults quickly become swept up in a childlike wonderment. “It’s very infectious. I’m very keen to share that with people,” he reflected. “We should have these pockets of joy all the time.”