The art of walking
journey, map, movement,
sketchbook, viewpoint, walk
• Several artists in the exhibition have explored the idea of making art
by moving through the landscape, rather than viewing or depicting
it from a fixed point.
• In the 1960s, artist Richard Long started using walking as a process
by which he could make art works. Many of his works are about
making marks or tracks in the landscapes he travels through. He
also makes text works that capture his journeys in words.
• A few years later Hamish Fulton was also exploring the idea of the
journey as his basis for making art. His work initially emerged as a
form of pilgrimage; to places of cultural, historical or spiritual
significance. Later works, including works that involve painting
directly onto gallery walls, have relied on simple images and texts to
provide evocative impressions of these journeys.
The art of walking
• You are to take a walk around the school inside
and out and record your experiences in different
ways, for example through words, drawings and
photography. A concertina sketchbook/paper will
provide the basis for recording this journey as it
• You are to stop every twenty steps to write or
draw or photograph whatever comes into your
view. Find something each time you stop that can
be used to make a mark on your paper.
Words in the landscape
• Take a word walk and collect words that
come to you as you look around them.
• Research words that can be found in your
environment. A sketchbook inquiry in
which you investigate different letters,
words and typefaces. Make photographs,
drawings and rubbings.
Extension to your locations project.
• Photograph a location and then take
another photograph of a word, such that
the meaning of the first photograph is
changed in some way by the image they
put next to it.
While many readers now
associate the term
"concrete poetry" with
poems whose outlines
depict a recongnizable
shape— ideas behind
concrete poetry are much
broader. In essence, works
of concrete poetry are as
much pieces of visual art
made with words as they
are poems. Were one to
hear a piece of concrete
poetry read aloud, a
substantial amount of its
effect would be lost.