Because of a long and wholly unpredictable series of flukes and chance connections, I ended up getting invited this summer to participate in The Demo Studio Show at D center Baltimore. For the best explanation of the exhibit, you should probably go read what the folks who put it on have to say about it, or go check out this review on a Baltimore art blog. All I can say in my own limited fashion is that when I first heard the idea, a bunch of dusty forgotten lightbulbs in the back of my head suddenly lit up. (They’re the kind that need battery power from excellent outside humans.) Essentially, the show features work that various art educators have done for their classrooms, meaning myriad sketches and charts and diagrams, along with lots of other cool extra stuff. All the different pieces of handmade ephemera, in other words, that not only help communicate big and small concepts, but also occasionally provoke students to leap in unexpected ways between and beyond rules, techniques, and routines.
I won’t be able to make it to Baltimore in time to see the show, but it looks great in the pictures I’ve seen online. The stuff I have in it is all the stuff I put up on the bulletin board at Penland. But what I really love seeing is what everyone else does in their classrooms. After all, I always feel like whatever ideas I can have on my own are only about a billionth of a percent of the ideas it’s possible to have. Instead, I think I mainly get ideas by absorbing them from a million different other minds. Mainly all I do with them is maybe just rearrange them a little here and there. In any case, I’m honored to have been asked to join in. Crossing my fingers hard that this sort of thing happens tons more in the future.