WINTER WEEK 1: Surrealism and Creativity

To kick off winter quarter, we began with a session in the Nagel Painting Studios hosted by Professor Deborah Howard . It seemed apropos to have at least one class on creativity in the art department and try a little messy art making.

First, Professor Howard discussed the Surrealist movement. Surrealists portrayed things in unusual, nonsensical ways, drawing attention to the fact that things may not be what them seem.  There are multiple points of view and approaches to one idea.

Then, she led students through an exquisite corpse activity.  In teams, students took turns adding a new section onto one drawing, without seeing what the person before them had created.  The “reveal” of the final creation is often silly and surprising.  Students used mixed media to make marks ranging from charcoal to pastel to watercolors.


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