Making Marks Making Sense
2015-2016 After school activty
Through the medium of drawing (mark making), we propose to create a site for transformative aesthetic experiences that complement and enrich students STEM learning. Activities and projects will range from making simple mark making tools and substrates, observational drawing instruction, to crafting a drawing machine, broadly conceived to include drones and robots. These activities also introduce students to the possibilities and limits of materials and the concept of materiality.
The word drawing is used both literally and metaphorically, bringing in literacies, competencies and agency in employing the words Makers use. These art making activities work in parallel to engineering and science pathways welcoming participation from those fields. Given this goal, students will develop multiple literacies across disciplines and learn to translate between them collaboratively. In other words, through drawing and making students will develop experiential vocabulary applying theoretical ideas to concrete situations. Thus, following Dewey’s theories of experience we will co-construct sites of empathetic aesthetic transformation, in other words, scaffolding and modeling behaviors and habits of the mind that promote 21st century skills.
Inspiration from the Senseless Drawing Bot
A Collection of Art Robots/Machines