2010-11-03

hands that see

alarm clock

my students are learning how to see with their hands.  drawing.  this is their first year of college and their first year of studio.  we spend ten hours together a week, divided over two days.  Ten weeks ago they had never really worked with charcoal, let alone spent large amounts of time drawing.

twelve students are working in pairs.  each pair has an ordinary, every day object - an umbrella, a stapler, an alarm clock with old time bells, eye glasses...  they document everything about these objects through drawing, mapping, charting, dissecting the object, zooming in to the materials, learning about the manufacturing processes, stop motion photography of the object and body, and more.  we have been working on this project for a month.  here are some charcoal drawings that zoom in and imagine the surface textures of each of the object's parts.

i love this.
stapler
umbrella
telephone
umbrella
telephone

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