1. Rivka Ozersky
    January 22, 2014 @ 2:34 am

    Was this project completed in one session?
    How much time is each session?


  2. Sheila Ceccarelli
    January 22, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

    Yes – this was all completed in one session. Sessions are an hour and a quarter on a weekday evening.
    This is a very motivated and able group who are very receptive and tuned into to expressing themselves through drawing processes. It would be very interesting to see outcomes from this exercise in a class room situation.
    Many thanks,


    • Rivka Ozersky
      January 23, 2014 @ 5:58 am

      Thank you for your reply.
      My question was prompted by the palpable intensity and concentration of the students in the pictures and their astonishing results.
      My main challenge is the limitation of time: 45 minutes class time, including introduction, demonstration, work time and clean up…with eleven year old 5th graders in the morning.

      Thanks a lot,


      • Sheila Ceccarelli
        January 23, 2014 @ 10:13 am

        I think it’s very possible that this workshop will work very well with eleven year olds. I think you should split it over two sessions. The first session introduce;
        1. the idea of writing without forming actual words – I imagine that eleven year olds will need persuading NOT to use actual words – but I think could be simplified to them by giving them an example of the theme of the writing i.e imagine writing an thank you letter or angry letter or a sweet message or an explanation of real life event with words formed not by letters but by emotion and rhythmic movements. I think they’ll respond well,
        2. offer a range of materials to enjoy this process with, i.e ink and nib or ink and brush, soluble pencils, whether they be coloured or graphite with water,
        3. introduce the idea of landscape and portrait paper and length and shape of paper – i found that this was critical for the success of my own session – children loved working on unconventional size, shape and scale paper.

        In the second session you can revisit the work and experiment with building a layered drawing and collage using the original images – have a look at this post by Sue Gough for that session /sue-gough-making-a-layered-drawing/
        Hope that helps – PLEASE let me know how it goes and document the process (with permission from the participants!) – Really good luck and thank you.


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