The whole aim of today was to learn about how people with PMLD learn through sensory stories, as in, when their senses are being stimulated whilst learning. For people with PMLD this is the best way of keeping them focused and making it easier for them to understand/remember what they’ve learnt. For us, the main issue is trying to figure out the best way of making marks and drawings that connect well with the different senses.
One exercise we did was drawing whatever word Jo gave us to draw. For example, the word ‘loud’. My way of drawing this was what I’d imagine a big bang to look like, just an explosion on paper. Unfortunately Jo collected all of our papers in and so I haven’t actually got any images of my work. But you get the jist.
I did enjoy the majority of today but I would’ve preferred it if it involved a bit more drawing, however it’s opened my eyes a lot to how people with PMLD struggle to learn and how sensory stories can help activate their thoughts and memories.
When first getting into this module I had no idea what to expect, but after the introduction to the module everything seems a bit clearer now. The module seems to focus on the ways in which we experience drawing, be it, sensory, emotional or the process of the drawing itself. It’ll be interesting to see how my wrk develops throughout the module, but I’m looking forward to it.
For the majority of the module we’ll be based in Craft in the bay, think a lot of the reason for this is that there is currently an exhibition on in the gallery called ‘the sensorial object’, and for the first part of the morning we were asked to go down and have a look at the exhibition, but to also think about the different senses that the pieces evoke. The exhibition consists of about 6 (I think) different pieces, for me, each provoking a different sense. For example the piece ‘Voice of a teacup’ which essentially consisted of a teacup, wired up to 5/6 different drums, and when the teacup is tapped or moved slightly, it sets off different tones within the drums. Although many of the others liked this piece I personally wan’t a fan as it reminded me of meditation gongs, and made me tired!
Personally my favourite piece was Zoe Preece’s ‘No tangible object’ which essentially was multiple ceramic spoons with what seemed to be a type of gooey liquid pouring off them, however on closer inspection it was clear that the gooey substance was also ceramic. For me this was the piece that made me really use my senses whilst looking at it. The main sense that it provoked was taste and touch, for me. Everyone agreed that they could imagine the liquid tasting sweet, almost syrupy and also feeling similar to the texture of syrup or melted sugar.
After being down in the gallery for a while we were then asked to go back up to the board room and choose one of the pieces in the gallery to base a drawing on, and we chose the ‘no tangible object’ and decided that the best way to draw it would be to use wax or glue or something of that kind of consistency, rather than pencil to get a real feel of the piece in drawing form.
If today is anything to go by then I’m looking forward to the rest of the module, and should be an interesting journey throughout the five weeks.