On Monday we had mark making with Orly Orbach, first off she talked about working in theatre and how she thought the two should be intertwined, that it was important to be active and to think about movement and that we were going to combine exorcise and drawing. We started with having a three legged race in the corridor, pairing up into twos and competing, then as soon as we had finished we had to draw the experience, in whichever way we wanted, thinking about the emotion as well as the action. We then did a few more races with most of us standing at the side and drawing the action as it happened, as quickly as we could, looking at what was taking place rather than at our paper. We carried each other on chairs and did different styles of walks while everyone else drew and tried to capture the postures and movement of each event.
After lunch we teamed up in pairs again and one person would close their eyes and be a sculpture while the other would model them, moving limbs to position however they wanted, then the sculpture would talk about how they felt, and what they thought was happening. We then had to draw these ideas.
We then split in to groups of fours and created scenes, two would pose and create a scene while the other two drew it, then after a minute one of the people drawing would replace one of the actors and change the scene, and so on. Much like something from Who’s Line Is It Anyway, ha. This was good fun.
She then had us make masks in pairs with a deadline of about 20 minutes and then do the same as before but now with the masks on, this way almost pushing your focus on what the body was doing, but also creating a new point of interest and focus in the mask itself. All the while using different papers and materials to draw with to get a variety of results.
Ending with taking three of our favourite poses and movements that we had captured throughout the day, and then making them into a sequence, a story board of a type.
I enjoyed the whole day a lot, very active and it was just so nice to concentrate on drawing and making physical things for the first time.