Interior design students explore spaces with movement, senses

Interior design students recently explored the environments they inhabit through some sensory activities.

Interior design students recently explored the environments they inhabit through some sensory activities.

By Michelle Parks

Last week, Jennifer Webb invited her third-year interior design students to use their senses to explore the spaces they inhabit in a creative way. Human senses and movement through space evoke memories, contribute to our knowledge and understanding of place, and create rich and fulfilling experiences. The activities she planned for class were to develop students’ awareness of the environments around them.

Webb ordered a pack of colorful Conté sticks, or crayons made from compressed powdered graphite or charcoal mixed with a wax or clay base. The sticks are squared off rather than rounded like other crayons. She also ordered big rolls of butcher paper and taped 9-foot strips together, making a space big enough for students to lie on the floor and stretch out on.

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Rudzinski leads architecture classes in Delta

Russell Rudzinski talks with students at Lakeside Middle School in Lake Village, Ark., during Architecture in the Classroom sessions earlier this month. (Photo by Charles Giles)

Russell Rudzinski talks with students at Lakeside Middle School in Lake Village, Ark., during Architecture in the Classroom sessions earlier this month. (Photo by Charles Giles)

Professor Russell Rudzinski traveled to the southeast Delta region of Arkansas earlier this month to instruct Architecture in the Classroom sessions at Lakeside Middle School in Lake Village and at Dumas Junior High School in nearby Dumas.

On this same visit, Rudzinski also led Art in Architecture, an educational event hosted by the Alex Foundation and Guachoya Cultural Art Center at the art center in Lake Village, Ark. Rudzinski is a clinical assistant professor of architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

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