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Inspiring mindfulness in middle-school art class with Clear Canvas


ORGANIZATION   RISD
CHALLENGE
Inspire mindfulness in middle school through art curriculum.

DELIVERABLE
A transparent drawing surface that students can draw on simultaneously.



Mindfulness is more than meditation.


PROCESS  PROBLEM DEFINITION

Few activities and products inspire mindfulness in middle school curriculum.
I worked with students from Providence Country Day School & Community Preparatory School. This classroom displayed no artwork made by two students at once.



Collaborative work can inspire awareness– then mindfulness– of others.
I became interested in recognition of individual’s personal creativity– a harmony exemplified by two hands drawing simultaneously.



Art curriculum can inspire mindful practice through collabortion.
Through collaborative activities like the surrealist ‘exqusitite corpse’ drawing game, I explored students ability to work together.




Making space for collective imagination.


PROCESS  CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

Concept development focused on: simultaneous creation, meditative games, and artistic expression.


1. Architectural-scale blocks
Exploring simultaneous world-building.



2. Transparent drawing surface
Simultaneous drawing: an exquisite corpse drawing tool.



Concept 2 was selected for its ephemerality of artworks, ease of setup, and delight to students.
I used open-ended prompts, like ‘draw home’ or ‘space’, to see how the canvas was naturally used.




User testing and feedback suggested major points of improvement: stability, size of canvas, ease of cleaning, drawing tools, and curriculum.
Paintings made with the first Clear Canvas prototypes.



Further design refinement of the product emphasized stability, portability, and better drawing tools.
Drawings for the updated Clear Canvas.