Just a quick one.... am loading up some pictures taken from half-term 'Surprise, Surprise' workshops this week, taken at Manchester Art Gallery.
We responded to Max Ernst's 'Petrified City' and asked families to play surrealist word games in front of the painting in the gallery. We also asked them to try out Ernst's frottage (rubbing) technique before creating a surrealist 'chance' composition in the studios...
Families' interpretations of the 'Petrified City' were fascinating! Here are some of their surreal, poetic responses:
It's a ritz cracker
Like a piano
It's a full fat piece of cheese for the people playing multiple chess games underneath
It's a cloud falling onto a dolls' house
It feels smooth
People watching a football match
I like this picture because it looks like a town with a sunset in Bedouin Land! Warm!
The moon revealed happy thoughts from the castle as it glistened in the sky
The hill was filled with petrifying memories as the destruction of the moon howled
Junk and horrible stories clattered together as they steadily expressed hopes that never came true
The warm moon is lighting up the trains and the city
The icy sun makes the world dark in the country
The sun warms my heart in this warm picture
The water freezes in my brain
The fire burns in my eye
The bright moon shone over the fast trains that were passing underneath
The dull sun lacked light underneath the slow trains that were stopping overhead
The glaring moon bellowed out its glorious light at the speeding trains that were shooting past below
To see Max Ernst talk about the frottage technique, click on the link:
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