Case Study - Leo Adams
Carolyn Mamchur (Principal Investigator) and Linda Apps (Co-Investigator)
Leo Adams has been hailed "Yakima Nations's Artistic Genius" (Labberton, 2007). That and the fact that Leo is a close friend, willing to invite us into his home as he prepared for a show, made him the perfect subject to explore our theories about artistic process.
Our belief was that the four basic and teachable constructs of writing process could be applied to the visual arts.
Financed by a SSRHC grant, we visited Leo's marvelous home where "forced by economics and his own ability to find art 'in objects that nobody wants,' he has spent more than 30 years making his 5,000 square foot home a place of junkyard genius" (Labberton, 2007, p. 55).
We were seeking to record evidence that Leo's process included the skills first described by Murray (1968) and refined by Mamchur (1989; 2000) through twenty years of teaching writing:
- Discovering a Subject
- Sensing an Audience
- Searching for Specifics
- Creating a Design
Leo painted, I photographed and Carolyn interviewed. This is what we saw.
For further reading see:
Apps, L. (2007). Artistic Process: Demystifying Art-making. Diss. Simon Fraser University.
Labberton, M. (Fall, 2007), Leo Adams Yakima Nation's artistic genius. Mid-Columbian, 51-56.
Mamchur, C. (1989). Ship-building C+": A look at teacher evaluation in secondary English classrooms. English Quarterly, 21(40, 264-276.
Mamchur, C. (2000). Designs for learning: Writing. Education 485-8. Study Guide. Burnaby, BC: Simon Fraser University, Faculty of Education, Centre for Distance Education.
Murray, D. (1968). A writer teaches writing: A practical method of teaching composition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.