Gesture Mapping is an exercise, workshop, and exploration. Developed originally with Prof. James McElhinney at the Art Students League of New York as a classroom exercise, Gesture Mapping is now both a workshop I teach, and a personal developing project.
In this immersive exercise, I work as both model and instructor simultaneously and ask students to break down their walls and take part in a potentially new way to approach their drawing experience. A series of exercises bend the traditional structure of drawing the model in space, create a more friendly and open relationship with the drawn line, and emphasize empathy in drawing. Composition of the page, spacial relationships, memory, and gesture are thread-lines throughout this exercise. Students ultimately are asked to draw using their whole bodies and interact with the model/instructor in a profoundly different way than they may be used to.
The experimental workshop has been requested by the Art Students League of New York for their bi-annual "Art Workout Series" since 2014. I have also been invited by Washington and Lee University to instruct their art majors in the exercise, and conducted the workshop for the Hudson, NY community at Drop Forge and Tool.
Gesture Mapping was also performed at "We Do Us", a CHERYL event in upstate NY in August, 2017.