Wednesday, October 2, 2013

What Does Time Look Like? Part II

In the studio – thinking more deeply about what time looks like

 J. shows that even a curly time line can be pulled straight
Thinking about time can be a challenge - trying to define it can be even trickier.  After analyzing several visual provocations, the children were encouraged to try on these new ideas about time and think about conceptualizing time in a non-linear way.  They had thought a lot about child time and adult time, how time is shaped by personal experience and perception, and how time can be experienced differently in different circumstances.  Time - this thing that we talk about as something to be measured, something that we never seem to get enough of and yet sometimes stretches to long, impatient lengths - can be hard to visualize outside of our modern symbol of the clock.  What could time look like?  Could it be curly?  Could there be portals that could take us backwards and forwards in time?  Is it something that we haven't even thought of yet?  Giving children the opportunity to pursue their own ideas allows them the freedom to conceptualize a multiplicity of answers to life's big questions while encouraging them to respect differing points of view. 

N.S.:  A person jumps into a portal.  The person goes to the [time of the] dinosaurs and the dinosaurs chase him.  He says, “I should have never come to the dinosaurs!” 

L:  Time machine (above):  People start at one portal [depicted by a circle] and travel down the shape of an S and come out one side, swim to the other portal, and go through another S and come out.  They travel over the tunnel to another time.  They see all these weird things like hearts, bunnies, fish, apples with eyes…and then they go to dinosaur time with weird animals and apples and things.  There is an orange with a clock and they go back into a ginormous [sic] time machine.  So there is a time to go in and a hole to go out, then smaller, smaller, smaller…[the person goes through it] and goes back to normal time.  On the back page, there is a tornado that takes you back to the dinosaur time which begins the process all over again on the front page.

M:  I think that time is basically a crashing down road where you evolve when you walk on it and if you’re late for something, you fall down, but you do not feel it.

I:  The past gets struck by lightning because it has already happened.  The future stays.  All three [past, present, and future] are fighting with each other, but the past lost.  The present stays.  It’s happening right now.  The future and the present are tied.  If the present died, nothing would be happening, not even the future. 

R (left):  It’s the clock.  It starts big in the past and gets smaller to the end of your life.  It’s a clock, but it’s kind of like a thing to tell you how much longer you will live. 

W (right):  It’s a time clock.  When you get to the end, you are dead.  It’s smaller because it’s further [away].
I:  from left to right, top to bottom:  The time of the dinosaurs; the time of the sea, the ocean; the time of people; the time of houses; the time of World War II; the time of clothes shops; the time of rockets; and the present  [The squiggles:  That’s just the part I didn’t need].

E.S.:  Time starts with a  chair.  It has wheels.  You go through some doors, like the turning of the seasons.  [At the top]:  There is my hamster and my dog Lily.  I see a lightbulb and I go upstairs, and there is Matilda.  I say, “Hi, Matilda,” and she says, “Hi.  Give me back my bunny.”  A week later, she’ll get it back.  Then after that, you drop into bed when it turns 10 o’clock.  When it’s 1 o’clock, you get back on the ride.
Drawing a time line on a wood curl

Above:  N.B. also adds numbers to her curly time line to think about periods in time, past to present.

Favorite memories –  special birthdays and time spent with families –
are important to add to a personal time line. 


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