Tales from the Tinkering Table, Part Three: Moving to 3-D

A paper tree grows at of the Project Zero Tinkering Table.

A paper tree grows at of the Project Zero Tinkering Table.

If you have been reading our Tales from the Tinkering Table you are aware that we have been puzzling over how to get some three-dimensional thinking introduced into our two-dimensional world.

The cover of A Visual Language by David Cohen and Scott Anderson

The cover of A Visual Language by David Cohen and Scott Anderson

This week, we literally borrowed a few pages from the book, A Visual Language, by David Cohen and Scott Anderson, in order to raise the paper off of the table. The authors are makers and teachers who share their instructional philosophy via a series of lessons and through examples of work from various artists.

A host of geometric configurations have begun to take shape at the Project Zero Tinkering Table.

A host of geometric configurations have begun to take shape at the Project Zero Tinkering Table.

A series of simple lines and shapes on the page can be transformed into three-dimensional spaces with some scissors and an X-Acto knife. We tried it out and left some instructions and models on the Tinkering Table to see what inspiration these might offer to our next visitors. We’ll keep you posted!

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About Jessica Ross

Jessica Ross is a senior practitioner specialist working at Project Zero on the Agency by Design Project. Jessica was a founding team member of the Global Learning Charter Public School, where she taught grade 5-8 humanities for ten years. A licensed principal, she has also served as Title I Director and English Department Chair. Jessica graduated from Hunter College with degrees in both elementary education and history and is currently completing a master’s degree in Professional Writing at UMass. Her passion for teaching was recognized in 2007 when she was voted Teacher of the Year by the Standard Times and Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts. Since 2006, Jessica has participated in and facilitated numerous Artful and Visible Thinking workshops in Costa Rica, Amsterdam, Cambridge, MA, Rochester, NY and several other locations throughout the U.S.; she is currently the Assistant Education Coordinator of the Project Zero Classroom Institute.

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