How Much Does A Cloud Weigh?
To accompany the launch of the AccessArt Sketchbook Journey, we are pleased to share How Much Does A Cloud Weigh?
How Much Does A Cloud Weigh? is a sketchbook challenge aimed at all ages and abilities. We’d like to invite you to make a creative response to that question, in whatever way you wish, using sketchbooks as a way to help you explore.
Our first instinct, when we hear that question, might be to google it, and to be fair, google has some very interesting answers. BUT! Let’s take the time to remember we can respond to that question or provocation in so many ways, with so many filters. This is your opportunity to use sketchbooks as a way to discover your most creative response!
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So, make yourself a dedicated “How Heavy is a Cloud?” sketchbook, and remember: Be Journeyful!
How Will You Kick Starting Your Sketchbook Journey? Teachers might like to take a look at our Sketchbook Pathway below
Which lens will you choose to explore the question through? Will you think like a painter, a poet, a maker, a scientist, a film-maker, a geographer – or a combination of those?
Find out how to open up the question with your pupils before you begin to explore.
Use the “energy of the group,” guided by you the facilitator, to expand how we understand the question. Read More
Creativity happens when elements collide, and we are given time and space to play with those elements. Let sketchbooks encourage you to blur lines between subject areas. Read More
Everyone is on their own exciting sketchbook journey. Teachers can help spot opportunities and encourage pupils to branch off. Read More
Remember the sketchbook is just a tool which helps encourage explorative thinking. Some of the discoveries will happen in the sketchbook, but many discoveries will happen “outside” the sketchbook, but as a result of it. Read More
A Few Clues...
A Smaller Focussed Challenge:
Go and find a scientific way to answer the question
Place a mirror on the grass and draw the clouds you see in the reflection
Imagine you are sat within a very heavy raincloud, high above the earth. What can you hear? What kind of sounds might surround you? Write words or record sounds
Make a cloud from things you find around you. Capture a feeling of weightlessness. Suspend your sculpture
Purposely throw in some distractions or red herrings? Do they disrupt thinking (in a good way?)
But are they red herrings?
“There is only one stupid question in this world, and that is the question which doesn’t get asked” Proverb
Re-shape the question until it resonates – look at it upside down, inside out…
How heavy is a cloud to YOU?
How heavy is THAT cloud?
Can you carry that cloud?
Could you hold that cloud?
How LIGHT is a cloud?
How does that heavy cloud make you feel?
How do YOU experience CLOUD?
Present a variety of sketchbook activities, for example:
A challenge to explore how different art forms portray “cloud”
A challenge to explore how other cultures have perceived “weight”
A challenge to explore how other artists have used sketchbooks to explore “cloud”
A challenge to explore diverse mark making to create “cloud”