SchoolArts Magazine

FEB 2014

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AdvocAcy Let's Draw on the Wall Pam Stephens E 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 12 SchoolArts chopsticks, and pencils are placed on a table. 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 designated time, 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. 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 Draw. ated for the Wall Draw? Like many

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