Map, Laura Houwaart, 2018
MAPPING THE GROUNDS / IDEAS FOR DRAWING Format: A map of your surroundings in the broadest sense.
During this first project we will work around drawing as a study of experimenting by taking visual notes. It is about observation and how to put things on paper. The assignment is to design a map of your surroundings in the broadest sense; for instance, the places where you have lived, the cities you have visited or want to visit, your own room or the rooms of your friends, hours of the day, the things you carry with you in your bag... Describe what these places/happenings mean to you, and how they are connected. What kind of stories happen in the places you want to show in your map. This assignment is about finding ways of exploring visual possibilities to bring together all kinds of different components in a particular way, creating a map. To achieve this you have to develop a keen eye for detail, structures, overview, particular combinations of objects, colors, light, shadow, the architecture of the space, atmosphere, etc...
Some extra information and two examples: Cartography is the art and science of making maps. Humans have been creating maps since ancient times: The earliest map is thought to be a schematic of the night sky found in the caves of Lascaux, France, dating to 16,5000 BCE. While we often consider maps to be objective representations of physical space, they are laden with subjective views of the world. Additionally, maps change over time: Borders and boundaries are constantly in flux, shifting along political lines and in response to changes in international relationships. Many artists have used maps to tell wide ranging stories about conflict, migration, identity, and social, cultural or political networks.
1 Make a Mental Map A mental map* is a person’s internalised representation of the world, combining the objective knowledge of the world and an individual’s subjective perspective. Draw your city, town, or neighbourhood according to you. What places do you visit often? How do you get there? Without looking at a map, draw and label places such as your school, stores you visit, routes you take frequently, your home and the homes of your friends, and other favorite landmarks.
Map, Renske de Vries, 2018
2 Identity Mapping Create a map of your own identity using colored pencils and paper. Your map should en- compass aspects of your outer, physical world as well as your inner, psychological state of mind. Before drawing your map, brainstorm a list of words to include. Consider your ambitions, fears, and character traits as well as geographic places of interest. Then think about how to best visually represent these items, and incorporate this style into your map. What kind of geographic landmarks best represent the different aspects of your identity? See for example: Grayson Perry’s Map of an Englishman (search for Grayson Perry at: www.socks-studio.com and find lots of other interesting information on this site as well!) which could be interpreted as a representation of his identity and ideas.
Map, Jules Schretzmeier, 2018
Map legend (sketch), Jules Schretzmeier, 2018
03 In class exercise
“The idea part is simple but the visual perception is complex.” - Sol LeWitt
For this exercise we’ll make a series of drawings of a still life of several boxes, following a list of instructions as a guideline. Every step should take around 3-5 minutes. Make several variations of each instruction by using various types of lines, for example: sharp, trembling, thick, thin, blurry, sketchy. Use different pens and pencils: hard, soft. Use contrasts.
1 Draw the boxes only in deconstructed elements:
Draw the boxes as volumes:
Draw the boxes in different conditions:
Boxes, Jules Schretzmeier, 2018
2 After the more formal first part the second part of the exercise is about transformation: how can the boxes represent something else? Use the drawings from the first exercises as an inspiration and transform the boxes in a city, furniture, a cubistic drawing, a pattern. Play with repetition, rhythm, optical illusions, scale, perspective and all the elements mentioned above regarding types of line, cross hatching etc. Try out various options, make several drawings.
04 Homework exercise