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Book Review: Draw It with Your Eyes Closed

For those of us who’ve been out of (art and/or design) school for a while, living and working in our modern world where we’re confronted with constant image and info overload, it’s not hard to miss the days when we were encouraged to step away from our best judgement and stretch our creativity to the limit. Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment presents 100+ art assignments, anti-assignments and artworks from both teachers and students from a broad range of institutions. The book is sure to get your creative juices flowing, inspiring original thought processes and work, as well as serve as an archive and record of the evolving oral tradition of the art assignment. Not just for artists and designers, this is a great book to give any and everyone’s brain a little creative push.

Get going with this excerpt from the book! 

Color Walk

Take a color walk. Give yourself at least one hour of uninterrupted time. Do not plan your walk in advance or combine it with other activities (commuting, shopping, etc.). Try not to talk or interact with other people during this time. You will not need to bring a cell phone, journal, camera, or iPod. You will not be graded or evaluated on your color walk.

You can begin your color walk anywhere. Let color be your guide. Allow yourself to become sensitized to the color in your surroundings. As you walk try to construct a color story or a narrative based on color you observe. What are the colors that you become aware of first? What are the colors that reveal themselves more slowly? What colors do you observe that you did not expect? What color relationships do you notice? Do colors appear to change over time? We will discuss the color walks in our next class.

—Munro Galloway


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