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Dear Students, welcome to the webpage for this summer's course: Transform the World. Please check this webpage nightly; by 4pm each day, I will post the evening's assignment.

Friday, July 27

Dear students, Please bring to class your scrolls and any art work you have in your dorm rooms. I need every student's scroll, and we are composing the Atelier to serve as the gallery for the

ART SHOW, next WEDNESDAY (Aug 1st), 5-7PM

 Your are required to visit the show. Bring a friend to see our work, and stay long enough to see work from other classes.

Assignment: Tonight, please respond to these questions about our summer's course, and email your responses to me: dhmoore@exeter.edu  Thank you(:

  1. What did you like most about art class this summer? Why?
  2.  What part of this course made you grow the most?
  3. Ten years from now, what do you expect to remember from this class?
  4. What were you hoping to do in this class that you did not? 
  5. Please provide any other comments you would like to share with me.

Wednesday, July 25 - Mooore

Tomorrow we will have some time to talk about last night's assignment, as well as the upcoming Final Reflections. We will also continue our work on the Atelier mural and the tidying of the Atelier in preparation for our art show next week. 

Your assignment tonight is to carefully meditate on what will become your guiding principle in your final reflection. The summary of the final project, which you were given today, should give you good guidance. If you want, you may refer to the meditative technique suggested in Monday, July 23rd's assignment, employing the "body scan." This can be a good way to settle into your own space and feeling about your world. 

Drawing in your scroll, as a kind of meditation, may help you arrive at answers to your search for a guiding principle. 

I am collecting scrolls on Friday. If you need to work on your scroll further in preparation for the Friday delivery, please do.

See you tomorrow for another fun day in the Atelier. -Mr. Moore

Tuesday, July 24 - Where Technology Comes In

Today, our classmate Anderson said something interesting. He talked about the "mask technology." I was surprised. As you know I use the word "technology" broadly. I have referred to rope as technology. I would say language is technology. I would say DNA is technology. So do other species have technology?

Watch this video (link colored red) about mushrooms and mushroom mycelium (the part of the organism that grows underground): Paul Stamets, 6 Ways Mushrooms Can Save The World

When you have finished watching Stamets' talk, take a minute to watch this clip from James Cameron's Avatar: Click Here. Does your new knowledge of mushrooms and mycelium inform your understanding of the science fiction scene? 

On your scroll, make a small drawing to reflect your experience watching these two videos. You may do the drawing while you watch. See you tomorrow!

technology (n.) 1610s, "a discourse or treatise on an art or the arts," from Greek tekhnologia "systematic treatment of an art, craft, or technique," originally referring to grammar, from tekhno- (see techno-) + -logy. The meaning "study of mechanical and industrial arts" (Century Dictionary, 1902, gives examples of "spinning, metal-working, or brewing") is first recorded 1859. High technology attested from 1964; short form high-tech is from 1972. ETYMONLINE.COM

 

Monday, July 23 - Poetry

Poetry, PoeTree, PoeTri, Poe TRY

Thank you for your focus during today's talk on Poetry of the human body. It is my hope that you all become poets,

in the sense that you continue develop a poetic sense for the world, 

that you notice and respond to the shapes of things: 

how the water's vortex rhymes with the revolution of the planets about the sun,

 which in turn is repeated in the basic structure of rope (one of our oldest technologies) 

which mimics the double helix of DNA.

DNA, this language that describes all of life on Earth

all the things that grow and consume, and sometimes consume others, growing, transforming,

turning 

into

 

Try Poetry Tonight: Start by cleaning your room. Arrange your altar, your desk --give structure! to the things around you. Sit with your scroll and pencil by your side. Close your eyes and do a body scan. This is a meditative exercise in which you mentally scan your body, noticing every sensation. Acknowledge each sensation, and then move on, feeling for the next sensation. (It may go like this: "ah, there is my toe touching my sock, there is the collar of my shirt on my neck, there my glasses on my nose...") This exercise may lead you into thinking about other things. When a new thought comes, acknowledge it, and then move on. 

When you have meditated enough that you feel ready to record something, open your eyes and put pencil to paper. Maybe at first it isn't even writing. It may be or become writing, in any language. It may be a list of words, it may evolve to sentences. This is free writing. Rhymes may arise, and might not. Good

Alternative option: Read the article below. Write a small poem about Pasteur's creative insight. (Clicking the images below will enlarge them. Here are links to Page1 and Page2) Of course! you may do both options (:it's a really good article!).

Try (v.) c. 1300, "examine judiciously, discover by evaluation, test;" mid-14c., "sit in judgment of," also "attempt to do," from Anglo-French trier (13c.), from Old French trier "to pick out, cull" (12c.), from Gallo-Roman *triare, of unknown origin. The ground sense is "separate out (the good) by examination." Sense of "subject to some strain" (of patience, endurance, etc.) is recorded from 1530s. To try on "test the fit of a garment" is from 1690s; to try (something) on for size in the figurative sense is recorded by 1946. Try and instead of try to is recorded from 1680s. ETYMONLINE.COM

Saturday, July 21. B Format - Mask Play

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Each group should have 3 or 4 masks. Each group also must have an object of interest. This object may be a papier-mâché object from the classroom, or some other art object from the classroom, or perhaps something found outdoors. Wearing your masks (or armor, etc.) perform the following:

  • 1st meeting of characters: Encounter the others in your group. 
    • Try to make friends.
    • Do you make enemies?
    • What other kinds of relationships are formed?
  • Introduce an object of interest: 
    • First, everyone wants the object
    • Then, everyone fears the object
  • Combine with another group: 1 group performs and the other is the audience, then switch. Perform:
    • First meeting of characters
    • Introduction of object, with new orientations:
      • Object becomes both feared and desired 
      • One character loves the object, while the others could care less 
  • Re-mix the new, larger group: Invent a story around the new mix of masks. Rehearse a short 2-3 minute play.

 

Friday, July 20 - Perform our Masks

Tomorrow we will take our papier-mâché creations out to play. In groups, wearing masks, you will meet and interact. There will be some guidelines provided for these potential skits.

In preparation for this play, an assignment: write a list of words that describe your mask/creation (some have made armor, swords, etc.). Then write a description of your creation. Is it a creature with a certain character? Is your creation a tool that performs a specific tasks? What kinds of interactions will your creation attract? Your writing may be poetic. Your description may best be illustrated; if so, make a drawing. Do this on your scroll and bring it to class tomorrow.

For some inspiration for tomorrow's play, see this short video

Thursday, July 19 - Treasurable Trash

As our work on masks nears completion, I have started to turn your attention to the valuable refuse left behind. In the wake of our intentional creating (making masks) are scraps of unintended beauty. Keep an eye out for them. When you find them, save them, stick them to the wall, add them to your mask or scroll. 

Some of you have begun individual projects. Tonight's assignment is open: create something. It may be a drawing or poem on your scroll. It may be photographs, or meditation at your altar. Perhaps it is a collection of valuable refuse you have found outside.

Come to class tomorrow with your scroll. We will look at them along with completed masks. 

I am looking forward to another morning in the Atelier.

Wednesday, July 18 - Good Day

Thank you all for a good day. Tonight, make a drawing on your scroll depicting a favorite memory from the day. See you in class tomorrow to finish masks!

P.S. We will be looking at your scrolls for Friday's class. If you have not been keeping up with your scroll, I do hope you direct it your care before Friday.

Tuesday, July 17 - Prepare for our trip: "Hoop Around Great Bay"

Dear Students,

Tomorrow we will meet in front of the Science Center at 8:20AM. We will travel together for the day, returning around 5:30PM. Here is the Itinerary. Day students, please share the itinerary with your parents.

Plan your attire carefully for the day-long trip, and pack your backpack:

  • full water bottle
  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • lioncard
  • phone
  • scroll
  • pencil/pen (maybe color)
  • long sleeve shirt
  • maybe sandals for the beach, maybe a change of socks
  • not too much (:

Below, see a map of the region with our stops indicated. On this old map, "Salmon Falls" refers to the town we know as Rollinsford. Rollinsford will be our first stop, then to Portsmouth, then out to Fort Stark in New Castle, and then home to Exeter.  

This field trip is a chance to learn about this area. It is time for us to be together and learn from each other. It is also a chance for you to travel meaningfully, looking carefully at your surroundings and considering what they mean and have meant. We will meet interesting people and eat good food. We will explore liminal zones, and see the ocean. 

Liminal  "of or pertaining to a threshold," 1870, from Latin limen "threshold, cross-piece, sill" (see limit (n.)) + -al (1). Related: Liminality. (from etymonline.com

To prepare yourself to carefully observe your surroundings (both human-built and of nature) please take a look at this artist's drawings: interpretations of planets, clouds, and people. 

Get a good night sleep. See you at 8:20am in front of the Science Center.

 

Monday, July 16 - Self Portrait

Is your mask a creature? Biological? Machine? Biotechnical? From the past or the future? or a being of Now? 

On your scroll do a self portrait. Find a mirror. Find a new tool to draw with. Be brave with your drawing.

When you have finished your portrait, draw your mask growing over it. Maybe it grows to completion, maybe it grows only partly over your face. What elements of your mask do you include? What colors? What is around you?

Friday, July 13 - Imagine Wearing Your Mask

Over the weekend, imagine yourself wearing your mask. Go to the library. Bring your scroll to make a drawing. Draw a picture of yourself in your mask, as it will look when it is painted and complete. Imagine what cloths you would wear with your mask, either cloths you already have or a costume of your invention. Diagram this new character (You+Mask) as completely as you can: What do you wear on your feet? Do you wear jewelry or other ornament? Do you hold any special objects? Do you perform any special action? 

If you can find colored pencils, pens, markers, crayons or paint, use them in your drawing. Being in the library, you have access to all sorts of books with pictures of people in diverse kinds of dress. Search for a book to help inspire your imagined costume. Look through a few books, and then complete your illustration. 

Thursday, July 12 - Masks get a skin; now a poem

Great work today, beginning the process of covering your mask's cardboard skeleton with a papier-mâché skin. I am excited about how the masks are progressing. 

Assignment: On your scroll, return to your mask diagram and modify it if necessary, updating its look based on your progressed imagination of its completed form. And write a poem to your mask. Who or what is this mask becoming? Describe its details. What are your masks aspirations? What does it want to become? And consider: what is it in you, that this is the mask you have come to make. Elaborate in your poetry as much as you like, as far as your imagination extends.

You may keep your scrolls in your dorm room desk, or on your altar, where it will be safe. When the masks are complete, I will ask you to bring your scrolls to class. We will study them together, alongside masks, and use them to look forward to our next project. More on that later. Thank you for all of your commitment to this project (: I look forward to class tomorrow. -Mr. Moore

Wednesday, July 11 - Mask Step 1, onward

Today's mask making workshop went well.  Thank you all for your individual discipline in completing the first step of your mask construction. In class tomorrow, you should complete any necessary cardboard construction and graduate to covering your mask in Papier-mâché

Eventually we are working toward a smoothly finished exterior of papier-mâché. When that is dry, you will have the opportunity to decorate your mask with ink, charcoal, paint, and collage. 

Assignment: Tonight, make a sketch of your mask in it's current state (from memory). Then add to the drawing, detailing any further cardboard construction necessary. Then, with a new drawing tool (or tools), decorate this mask diagram with an imagination of the final product. 

You may do this work on your scroll paper. If you do not have your scroll paper, try to find it, and work on a different sheet for tonight's assignment. If you need a new scroll, let me know. 

Below, you may click on the images of the cardboard and papier-mâché creations, for a larger view.

Assignment - Tuesday, July 10 - Mask's Preamble

1. Find a cardboard box on campus and bring it to your first (A format) class tomorrow, Wednesday. You will use this cardboard to construct a mask for yourself. If you find two boxes, bring them both.

2. Experiment transforming one end of your scroll into a three dimensional object. Can you make a cone shape? A pyramid? How about a small simple mask? This is a process of trial and error. Stay optimistic, stay curious. Don't worry about over-folding your scroll end; this is a process of creation itself, creating a many folded paper.

Assignment - Monday, July 9 - Atelier Jobs

We had a fruitful discussion today regarding Atelier rules. And I began outlining a list of Atelier jobs. Take a look at the list below and consider which role you would like to assume. Most positions will be occupied by more than one student. If you can think of any other positions not listed below, come propose them in class tomorrow.

Librarian - We have begun to compile a number of exciting printed resources in the classroom. The librarians will be in charge of keeping the collection in good order, and choosing interesting pages in some of the books to display. Librarians should also have a working knowledge of which books are in the collection.

Sign Makers - Sign Makers are responsible for identifying information that is necessary to smooth operation of the Atelier. They should convey this information clearly on neatly composed signs, which will be posted in the classroom.

Wall Space Managers (WSMs) - WSMs are responsible for the curation of all that adorns the walls of the Atelier. At times, WSMs will work closely with the sign makers.

Supply Managers - Supply Managers keep organized all art supplies and have a working knowledge of what supplies are available. They may also have a keen sense of available supplies found outside, which can be added to the Atelier's supply stock.

Refuse Controllers (Trash/Recycling/Re-usables) - Refuse Controllers are responsible for making sure trash goes in the waste bin, recycling in the recycling bin, and reusable items in the reusable bin. Controllers should have a sense for tidiness, and also a sense for opportunity in discarded items.

Technology Chief (TC) - The TC ideally has a a very good sense of tools available on smartphones, as well as a strong sense for finding useful content on the internet. TCs may also have an ethical stance on the proper use of technology. Interest in the future of human interaction with technology is a plus.

 

In addition to reading and considering the Atelier positions listed above, please further develop your scroll for at least 20 minutes. For this work, use a marking tool (pen, pencil, marker, scissors, etc.) different from what you have used on the scroll already. (Refer to the July 6 assignment, below, for further guidance.) In tonight's scroll work, you may like to begin considering what type of art work you would like to make in the Atelier. Is it printed material  such as posters, books, or comic books)? costume design? paper mache sculpture? paintings? or something else?

Take a moment to breath, open to opportunity, then settle to work.

See you tomorrow to organize the Atelier!

 

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Assignment - Friday, July 6 - Scrolls Beginning

Goal: To continue collecting/making images that are Your Art, deepening a reservoir of images to support future projects. (The projects ahead will be focused on you, including personal costume design and mask making.)

How: You each have your journal paper from today; about 7.5 x 42 inches, a scroll. (You may like to google "painted scrolls") On your scroll (anywhere, anyhow) spend at least a full hour in "recording." I recommend splitting it up into smaller sessions of 30 or 20 minutes, and perhaps working alongside a friend. This activity can be mostly drawing, could be drawing and writing, it could include collage using images cut from printed material or found paper.

What supplies are available to you? Do you have to go to the bookstore? or can you find what you need? Maybe you only use what you can find.     Be creative about the tools you use.

Some guides of what to draw/record:

.dreams

.imagined scenes or landscapes

.drawings from library books of your interest - return to the library! Just do it. It is fun and a wonderful place.

.drawings from observation of the world around you - a cloud, the moon, a friend, a room, the sunrise

.animals

.other biology

.biology and technology

.If anything we have talked about in class has caught your interest, spend some time in research of that.

.Detective option: Make diagrams of different brick patterns from the buildings on campus. Can you identify the buildings that are built of brick versus those that simply have a brick veneer?) Working alongside classmates can make the study more fun.

 

Take careful time to do these entries; good products will result. We will look at your results on Monday.

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Assignment - Thursday, July 5 - Page Design  

Goal: To begin to carefully study how information is conveyed on the printed page. (This also pertains to webpages.) 

How: From a library book of your choosing, select a page or spread (two opposing pages) to diagram. A diagram is an approximation, a sketch or model of the real thing. The key will be to keep true to the proportions. Take measurements! Try to replicate the same number of lines of text. Don't forget page numbers, nor chapter titles, nor captions. All information on the printed page should be represented in your diagram.

Below is the page I chose from Gutai: Splendid Playground and the quick diagram I made. I hope your diagrams will be more carefully done. Please bring your finished diagrams to class tomorrow.  -Mr Moore

Report - Wednesday, July 4 - Meet at the Library  Tomorrow we are meeting in the Library that you may spend some time looking for books that are interesting to you. We will meet at the big table in the great hall, up the first set of stairs. Be prepared with research topics: your response to the first night's assignment would be helpful here!

Report - Tuesday, July 3 - I Ching  Thus far we have practiced some meditative technique; the first night's assignment was to clean your room, meditate, and then focus your mind on the things that enliven you and which inspire your curiosity. Today's introduction to the I Ching, was interwoven with talk about the "altar," and the careful arrangement of objects in a space that is reserved for contemplation.

Tonight's assignment is to make an altar in your room. It is a place set a aside for special objects: jewelry, photographs, special objects found or long kept. Below are images from today's class. The first is the altar space where we practiced consulting the I Ching. The following images are the hexagram pages that resulted from our inquiries.

A format: Hexagram 25, becoming hexagram 23.

B format: Hexagram 25, becoming hexagram 61.

C format: Hexagram 5, becoming hexagram 48.

After you have made your altar, read the information on the hexagram pages from your class, recalling the question you asked. Write and/or draw a response to what you find here. Have fun (: