Workshop Friday 16 Jan 3:30-5:30p (following lecture)

Students to arrive with the following

  1. Supplies (choose one):
    1. Pad of quality white paper, pencils in a range of hardness (for example 6B 3B H 3H 6H), an eraser, and erasing shield.
    2. Pad of quality white paper, a set of speedball or manga quill pens, a brush, and black india ink, a cup, a rag.
    3. Pad of quality grey paper, pencils in a range of hardness (for example 6B 3B H 3H 6H), white pencil, an eraser, an erasing shield.
  2. At least one Teacher’s Guide (text required, video optional) for the Montessori  “Material” they’re currently constructing and analyzing.  You can search Google and  find a wide variety.  These sites are helpful for a start:

Workshop Schedule – 120min Total

30min – Generate an inventory of reproducible graphical techniques and build them into a reference.

30min – Generate an inventory of layers (a list) by analyzing a teacher’s guide (videos and scripts) for your Montessori “material.”  From the guide, deconstruct what families of elements and actions contribute to its total spatial imprint.  For example, each of these suggest a new layer or layers:

  • What is the space of the material when inactive?
  • What defines the space of a material when activated?
  • What is the space of movement, how far does it travel, and to what locations?
  • What supporting spatial contexts or furnishings are required?
  • What is the space of human interactions and how do they vary?
  • Are there possible interactions with other materials?
  • etc.

30min – Using the previously developed reference – an (a) inventory of marks, and (b) inventory of spatial layers – experiment with ways to build a map, layer by layer, thinking about what technique you might deploy to communicate the quality of each layer.  (Are spaces created by movement, are they linear or zoned, is it a space generated by movement in time, or by prepared or improvised boundaries, is it permanent or fluctating, is the space created by objects, human bodies, furnishings or views, etc.)

30min –  Evaluate the correspondence of drawing technique to map content and define a strategy for work to be completed for Wednesday.

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