The Exquisite Corpse

exquisite corpseSurrealists in the 1920s  played a game called The Exquisite Corpse where different writers  collaborated to create a surreal sentence.  Each one contributed part of the sentence without knowing what the others were writing.  The most memorable of those collaborations produced the sentence The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine. Hence the name of the game. exquisite corpse 3Surrealist artists participated in a similar exercise where each sketched different parts of a drawing and the  juxtapositioning of their diverse contributions made a unique work of art.  exquisite corpse 2On my tours of the current Dali exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery I introduce students to the art of exquisite corpse drawing. We look at Dali’s work and the way he juxtapositioned the most unusual things in his art pieces. exquisite corpse 9I fold papers in three and have the students draw the top, middle or bottom of something in one of the sections. They fold back each of their sections to hide it when they’re done and trade papers with classmates. Once three drawing stints are complete we have some pretty surreal characters created by three different students who had no idea what their fellow artists were sketching in other sections of the drawing. exquisite corpse 5I’ve saved some of the student work that has been left behind at the end of tours because I find it intriguing and oddly beautiful. exquisite corpse 7

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exquisite corpse 8Other posts about drawing……..

Using the Other Side of My Brain

Being a Model

History Told in Pictures


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