• Some sort of blindfold (or anything that will completely block your
eyesight from viewing your drawing while you draw)
• Chalk or Oil pastels (preferably oil pastel – if using oil pastel you
will need something to scrape and scratch the oil pastel away)
• Rubber Eraser for subtracting chalk pastel,
dust, or graphite powder. As well pencils, markers, and coloured pencils
• Stencils and Templates (as shown in class and also see below at the bottom of this post):
An assortment of organic and geometric stencils and templates at
various scales should be used to maximize the shape variations and
compositions in your drawings. Some stencils/templates should be
considerably larger than your hand while others may be same size and
smaller than your hand.
To make stencils: cut out (or tear) shapes in materials such as paper and or cardboard (the shaped hole in the material is the stencil, the shape removed from the material to create the shaped hole is the template). Geometric shapes may include squares, rectangles, circles and triangles and a combination of those shapes. As well organic shapes may include blob shapes and/or bean shapes and/or asymmetrical clover shapes. Or you may find some ready made stencils or templates that are abstract. The more ambiguous and abstract the stencil is the more successful your drawing will be in reaching the assignment objectives. As you draw blind folded you will feel each cut out stencil and template to trace and layer shapes in your drawing using an additive and subtractive process.
• White or off-white paper, 18 x 24 inches minimum in size, 3-4 sheets
of drawing paper (white cartridge paper is suggested but it is only one
option in terms of white or off-white paper).
• (Optional) Chalk line dust or graphite powder – if you use either of
these mediums bring a dust mask.
Student Examples and Historical Reference:
Further explanations will be given in class. Some
examples of previous students work (are posted below)
Here are also some historical examples related to the assignment by Robert
Morris’s Blind Time Drawings (Began series Circa 1970s).
Purpose of Assignment:
• Increase the awareness of other senses. In particular this assignment
focuses on the sense of; touch, the variety of pressures applied to
drawing tools, and the emphasized awareness of arm, hand and finger
movements while drawing.
• Becoming aware of one’s own body in relation to drawing.
• Becoming sensitized to the physicality of drawing mediums and to the
physical variations of the layers in a drawing.
• Allow chance to take place and letting unexpected accidents to happen
which will give new ways of approaching drawing when considering formal
issues of abstraction. Overall this is opening up the possibility for
intuition and instincts to play a greater role in the drawing process.
• Offer students a variety of options/alternatives to their usual
system of drawing and or to traditional methods of drawing.
Variation of interesting stencil and template shapes
Variation of drawing materials
Maximized layering process in major parts of drawing
Physical presence of materials on surface
Variation of mark making
Experimentation and innovation