the glass is full:
investigating spaces where water, light and glass collide.
teaching Common First Year, Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture
one glass of varying thickness, water level of choice, single source light, charcoal, pencil,
paper, cutting tools, models, cameras.
class begins with thumbnails. each student produces 30 thumbnails, over the course of two studios.
from the thumbnails students assess how they see and create a large drawing that explores the spaces of the glass from their point of view. is glass/water transparent? distorting? dark? layered? a transmitter of light? a mirror?
in class we talk about changing scales and imagine that we are big or small.
each student draws one long, large drawing of their discoveries. they learn how to compose a large scale drawing. they learn that a drawing can take you places.
students isolate spatial qualities from their large drawings. they refer to their thumbnails and then begin making models that create effects of space and light derived from the glass study.
we use small white note cards for the models.
we draw the model in line. continuously moving the pencil to understand new edges.
we compare this iteration of the glass study to our initial drawings in charcoal.
we make diptychs of our drawings and models to compare the changes and relationships in medium, scale form and light.
during the two week project we review our work in small groups and large groups.
we pin all our projects together at the end of the project and spend an entire studio looking, asking questions and making new connections.
and then each student looks at their work on the wall in a new context.
and they write.