I first played Exquisite Corpse as a kid. There are several variations of the “game” which started with Surrealists in the early 1900s. You can easily play the drawing method by folding up a piece of paper. You can also create sentence as long as they maintain the following structure : “The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective noun.” I saw a different letterpresser, over at A Two Pipe Problem, adapt this for workshops in England. With that inspiration, I decided to try it as the project and teaching tool on the first day of my beginner classes.
So far, I have loved how its has helped me teach! I have each student randomly draw a piece of the sentence and let them lock up one word. Once I have all the words set, I bring everyone over to learn the process of locking up a form.
Before this, I started originally having students lay out one FONT so they got a handle on where all the letters and numbers were in a case, but that didn’t allow me to easily show them how forms were locked up. By giving everyone one word, I could then lock the whole thing up for them. So brilliant !
I am so happy with how my first class went last night and look forward to using this method in the future. In fact, I am keeping a mini notebook with tiny copies of all we print! The brown one above was a test I did last week, so I didn’t actually lock it up nicely. Last nights results are below!