Master Collection activity 6: inspired by dreams
Children investigate and take inspiration from Agostino Carraci’s 16th century sketch A man drawing, another asleep.
They use this as the starting point for discussion, enquiry and a piece of creative writing, drama or collage.
Increased knowledge and understanding of art and how it is made.
Develop skills and confidence in creative writing, drama and collage.
KS1-4 Art (investigating art, create a collage)
KS1-2 History (the Renaissance and Renaissance art).
KS1-2 English (drama, creative writing)
Explore Agostino Carraci’s 16th century sketch A man drawing, another asleep with the class on the interactive whiteboard at Learn with Objects Master Collection 6. Ask the children the following questions:
- What are the two men in the picture doing?
- Where are they?
- What can we tell about them from their clothes?
- What do you think the man on the left is drawing or writing about?
- Why do you think the man on the right is so tired?
- What might have happened the night before?
- How was the picture made?
- What could the artist do if he made a mistake? (nothing! You have to be an exceptionally good and confident artist to draw in ink)
- Did it start as a single picture? (no, it’s two separate ones pasted together)
- Can you see the join?
Discuss some ideas why the artist might have joined two separate sketches together.
Ask pupils to imagine what the man is drawing or writing:
- What is the sleeping man dreaming about?
- What’s he been doing?
- What will happen next?
- Ask pupils in pairs to recreate the scene and what happened before or after in a short piece of drama
Creative Activity: Collage
- Find images of figure drawings and get pupils to combine two or more in a new composition
- Ask pupils to add something in the space above and/or below the sleeping man
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