Let's Draw on the Wall
ach fall on our campus, a
rather unusual event occurs.
The director of our art gallery invites students, faculty,
and the local community to pick up
a paintbrush and draw on the gallery
walls. This engaging and popular
activity values each person's artistic
contribution regardless of his or her
level of expertise.
Preparing the "canvas"
To prepare the gallery, Kraft paper is
cut to various lengths and taped to
the walls. The paper creates a pattern
of exposed wall surface that serves
to control the placement of drawings. Additional Kraft paper protects
the floor. Small cups of black ink,
various sizes of brushes, sharpened
chopsticks, and pencils are placed on
postmodernist ideas, the Wall Draw
is temporary; only photographs of the
event and the exhibition remain. In
From Participation to Presentation preparation for more traditional exhibitions, the Wall Draw artwork is covOver the weeks, dozens upon dozens
ered by a coat of interior, self-priming
of unrelated images appear. Some
paint, and the gallery once again predrawings are obviously well-planned,
pares for those objects that can sit on
while others show evidence of being
a shelf or hang
created on the
Like many postmodernist ideas, in a frame.
spur of the
the Wall Draw is temporary;
moment. At a
only photographs of the event Pam Stephens is
an associate prothe Kraft paper
and the exhibition remain.
fessor of art eduis removed and
cation at Northern
Arizona University (Flagstaff), and is a
a vibrant continuum of anonymous
member of the SchoolArts editorial advidrawings wraps around the gallery,
sory board. Pamela.Stephens@nau.edu
changing the project from a participatory event into a presentation.
Christopher Taylor, director of Beasley
What happens to the artwork creGallery at NAU, hosts the annual Wall
ated for the Wall Draw? Like many