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Art and writing - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Art and writing
Ah, another fun class. :) I'm really enjoying this. It's a small class, but they're nice kids. Today, I indulged my art fetish--we're doing ideas and plotting (with a bit of focus on finding scenes, as opposed to just narrating), so first I used a manga panel, then a Renoir, to get them to come up with "What came before this, what happens after it?" sorts of things. Then we went on a bit of a walk to look at some artwork around the building, and talk about why artists would choose this or that image to tell the stories and convey the ideas that they meant to convey and tell, analogous to why a writer would choose to dramatize one sort of scene and simply narrate another. And we talked about how to use the building and its architecture as a metaphor too, for a bonus.

I did, however, learn that asking students who haven't worked from images before to write an impressionistic scene based on a surrealist painting (Dalí's Metamorphosis of Narcissus) might be asking a bit much. I'm honestly not sure I could, and I've been writing for awhile--surrealism, is, after all, divorced from narrative logic, though it always makes my brain go to its creative place. Oh, well. Live and learn. I know that Surrealism isn't everyone's cup of tea; my mother loathes it as well, and likes to keep an arm's length.
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liebchen127 From: liebchen127 Date: July 21st, 2004 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am glad that you enjoy teaching so much. Sounds like you have lots of good and very interesting ideas. Bet your students have lots of fun.

And I really had to laugh when I read about your "write-an-impressionistic-scene-experience". :)))

And here are my two pence about surrealism: I like surrealism very much, though not Dali, he is too morbid for my taste, but I simply adore René Magritte.
persephone_kore From: persephone_kore Date: July 21st, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Ceci n'est pas une pipe" is actually a lab theme. :)
dipsas From: dipsas Date: July 21st, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Dali-exercise... I had a class fail conspicously on fairly much the same kind of thing once. Of course, that was in a high school class full of people who really wanted to be doing anything but writing exercises and I myself was well on my way of turning into a very Snape-like teacher (that scared me, so I quit) and had very little spirit left to inspire others, but I remember how the portfolio-thing where we kept the teaching materials (overhead films of famous artworks, a bit of background informations on the paintings etc) always made me feel happy. And, in fact, when I tried again later, some very good texts came out of it. Teaching is really a wonderful thing. I'm glad you're enjoying yourself - that makes for the best classes.
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