ESL GuideBook for the Studio Teacher

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LIVING SPACES

 

LIVING SPACES
Visual Culture

 

Level: First/Second Year Art & Design/ ESL low-intermediate to high-intermediate

Language Focus: leading and non-leading language + persuasive arguments

Design Focus: ethnographic research + technical drawing + 3D modeling, multi-sensory experiences + public/private spaces and structures

Time: 3 classes of 2h 40 min. (each class 1h 50min activities + 25min. break/debrief)

Prep time: 3.5 hours

 

Lesson Description:

In this lesson, the teacher introduces students to ethnographic methodologies, such as interviews, photographs, sound recordings, and field notes for students to conduct ethnographic research in a neighborhood of their choice, and analyze findings through the lens of visual culture. Students will visit the site and, after doing preliminary research—of its history, purpose, mission, culture—will embark on ethnographic research of the space. Amplifying all senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste, proprioception) teams will collect data in the form of copious field notes, sound recordings, interviews, photographs, and physical samples (if available and relevant).
Using their findings as a premise, students envision and design
their ideal living space as a response to their experience of the neighborhood; in addition. students submit a research paper
explaining final design solutions.

 

Yayo Ikusama, National Art Center. Tokyo, October 2017.
Courtesy of Suhail Graves.

 

Class 1

FOR TEACHER:

Readings:

 

Visual Aids:

 

FOR STUDENTS:

Readings:

 

Handouts:

 

Worksheets

  • Interviewing

Class 2

FOR TEACHER:

Readings:

Visual Aids:
NEST MagCulture/Archive

 

FOR STUDENTS:

Readings:

 

Handouts:

 

Worksheets

  • Framing Hypotheses
  • Visual Culture analysis

 

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