Follow your nose and trust your gut, then draw a line between the two. Over the course of fours weeks, we will choose a topic that fascinates us, and put that curiosity to the test through experiments in drawing, writing, and creative research. We will produce an accordion book that records our process.

An accordion book is a versatile thing that need not have a front or back, up or down, beginning or end, a perfect medium for working with layers of ideas and showing nonlinear thinking. Using basic scientific methods, we will gather questions, images and texts on that topic and make connections across ideas and disciplines. We will experiment with mind mapping, producing and collecting symbols and patterns, surrealist collage and frottage, and stencil making. Accordingly, we need not know where we are going but we will trust that experiential knowledge will emerge.

Price: $225 [includes $25 materials fee]

Materials: Registration includes all drawing materials, though participants are encouraged to gather and bring related visual research.

Audience: Open to all levels of drawing experience.

Kerry Downey (born Fort Lauderdale, 1979) is an multidisciplinary artist and teacher. Downey’s work explores  the connections between private emotion and political consciousness. Encompassing video, printmaking, drawing, installation, and performance, their work is influenced by gender / queerness, their living and working in collectives, and their work with people with Alzheimer’s and other disabilities.  Downey has recently had a solo show at CAVE in Detroit and a two-person show at Knockdown Center. They have also exhibited at the Queens Museum, the Hessel Museum at Bard CCS, and Taylor Macklin in Zurich. Downey holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Hunter College. Downey has taught at Hunter College and Parsons and has been a teaching artist at the Museum of Modern Art for over a decade.