Subway Study: Subway Art

One of my fondest teaching moments, is the subway study I helped to create and implement. A focus of the subway study was subway art, particular that of the artist Kristin Jones. Jones, along with Andrew Ginzel and Rinaldo Piras created Occulus, an art installation of 301 mosaic eyes in the Chambers Street subway station.

Our subway study consisted of many subway rides to collect data. For this trip, we walked around the station and each student sketched one or more eyes. Back in the classroom, students used paper squares to create paper mosaics based off of their own eyes. It was a challenge to see eyes as they are actually constructed and not just what they thought eyes looked like. It was helpful to see and discuss how Jones used many colors in her work.


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