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GPS Drawing & Mapping
GPS drawing engages a range of creative applications and challenges perceptions of scale. By revealing one's tracks the technology can introduce new approaches to travel, navigation and local awareness.
GPS workshops can be approached as either a drawing or mapping exercise. They can be presented as basic introductions with short sessions, or more in depth projects that look at the technical aspects of visualizing the GPS drawings with current software.
- Cross-curricular education: Art, Geography, IT, and Science
With all the possibilities of hopping along in the shape of a rabbit to methodically marching around the letters of the alphabet, it is accessible to both children and adults. Workshops are tailored for individual and collaborative projects and can accommodate groups of around twelve per session.
GPS drawing workshops mostly involve drawing in an open space, in a park or playing field, or along footpaths and roads. Drawing with a GPS receiver challenges perceptions of scale and orientation by traveling as a geodetic pencil. The outcomes depend upon the available space and time as the more notable results usually appear after a bit of experimentation. Activities include the scaling up of prepared sketches by over 1000 times, freestyle drawings of more than faces, love hearts, and logos, along with group efforts for larger designs.
GPS mapping workshops involve the tracing of the features and furniture of a given area to reveal architectural outlines and accessible areas. They can engage participants in an act of map making that involve physical exploration of the environment. Collaborative GPS drawings can be made to create density maps by combining tracks to show the boundaries and flow of a particular site. Participants can explore the functions of an area through physical mapping and surveying.
I have conducted over one hundred professional workshops for schools, museums, galleries, and festivals around the globe. I lecture about my work and teach drawing and map making classes involving a range of approaches and techniques.
TYPICAL WORKSHOP STRUCTURE
STAGE 2 GPS DRAWING
After doodling for a bit we should allow at least one hour for students to compile their GPS drawings. These sessions can be based on creating individual designs or by making collaborative compositions from combined efforts.
It is also possible to create GPS maps of places by tracing the features and furniture of a particular area. Other opportunities include GPS mazes, games, and making large guided drawings over a local area along roads and footpaths. A series of sessions can take place over a day to suit the type of project and the landscape.
STAGE 3 RESULTS
What do our day to day journeys look like?
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