The Mind at Hand explores how artists, scientists, writers, and others - students and professionals alike - see their world, record it, revise it and come to know it. It is about the rough-drawn sketch, diagram, chart, or other graphic representation, and the focus these provide for creative work that follows from them. Such work could involve solving a problem, composing a musical score, proposing a hypothesis, creating a painting, and many other imaginative and inventive tasks.
The book explores the cyclical process of drawing-to-learn as practiced in many fields. It elaborates how different approaches to mark making and revision can be used to enhance learning and help us understand the world we see and imagine. The book explores how we see the world, record it, revise it, and come to know it, in part through drawing and redrawing with line, shape, and symbol. It also describes and illustrates the use of drawing-to-learn as a teaching strategy across the disciplines from grade school through college. More Information and Free Partial Download
An e-book (PDF) of poems and paintings by Tony Magistrale and Mike Strauss. Download Now
A book of poems and paintings by Tony Magistrale and Mike Strauss. More information and possible purchase
Imagine amazing your students by sticking a knitting needle through a balloon without popping it or bending a spoon completely in half with only the power of your mind. They would think their teacher is a magician! They would want to know how you did it and would start asking questions to understand the strange phenomenon. Abracadabra! You have just actively engaged them in the process of scientific reasoning-close observation, questioning, hypothesizing, experimenting, and coming to a conclusion. You have also shown them how descriptive language can color what they see and don't see. The Magical Classroom is about the science of magic. More information and possible purchase.