houseofobjects, I learned about the idea of "intelligent materials"- can a material be transformed into something else? I've come to see a difference between using materials for fun, like in crafting, and using materials as a thinking tool, a way of researching.
So, what are the materials that are the most basic in terms of studio thinking and learning? This is useful to think about not only for a main studio but maybe even more for mini-studios in classrooms, where there isn't as much space or time.
Here is a list of supplies for mini-studios I put together for the classroom teachers at Sabot. What do you think? Would you do anything different?
• Drawing pencils and thinking pens, crayon or pastels, colored pencils or
markers (thinking pens are black felt tip markers)
• Paintbrushes and tempera and/or watercolors
• Paper , journals and/or sketchbooks for drawing and painting
• Clipboards for drawing outside (or sketchbooks)
• Hole punchers
• Wire for modeling and ‘drawing’
• Adhesives; white glue and glue gun, stapler, sewing kit, tapes such as scotch, duct and masking tape
• Modeling material and tools (either natural or modeling clay)
• Constructing materials; Paper, cardboard and/or recycled materials
• Light box, table overhead or powerpoint projector and translucent materials
• Recording equipment such as video and still camera, sound recorder
• Computer with image/video/sound editing capability
• materials or space for movement and music making
• Basic tools ; hammer, drill, matt knife, small saw, clamps
• Storage; shelving, baskets, trays, jars, etc.