Exercise: drawing sounds
Materials: graphite pencils and paper
Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing until everything becomes very still and quiet. Listen to your breath as it moves effortlessly in, and out, over and over and over again. Keep listening until your attention is take by the other sounds you can hear. Notice as many different noises as you can. Listen to the sounds in the classroom, inside your mind, in your body, above the roof and under the ground. Stretch your ears as far as you can to hear the furthest, quietest, tiniest far away sounds. Listen to your own heartbeat. See if you can hear your teacher breathing.
Do you think it is possible to draw sounds?
Draw as many different kinds of lines as you can on a page. Notice how each of these lines could represent a certain kind of sound. Close your eyes and listen deeply to every little sound near and far. Draw all the sounds you can hear. Keep your eyes closed while your are drawing.
Dotty, curly, curvy, jagged, straight, stretched, stumbling, squiggly, soft, rough, pressed, light, long, limp, wavy or wild.
*Don’t draw the things you think are making the sounds. Draw the way the sounds feel. For example if you can hear a car don’t draw the car. Draw a line that looks like it is vrooooming across the page. If you can hear a bird singing don’t draw a bird. Draw a line that looks like it is tweeting and looping and swooping and soaring across your paper sky.