You are holidaying. You are always creative. Autumn’s looming and a new start to the teaching year. So collect postcards! You don’t have to travel far – find fascinating postcards at galleries and museums. How to use them? There are many possibilities. But first, variations in distribution.
EXERCISE METHODS: IMPERATIVE -- Distribute the postcards and instruct students to (bubble and) write the exercise. CHOSEN -- Lay out a generous selection and let students choose a card that calls to them. AMBUSH -- Part way through a given writing exercise go round and drop a postcard at each student’s place – they now have to swerve to incorporate something from this picture.
EXERCISE: POSTCARDS OF PLACES. Travel postcards of streets, landscapes, buildings, foreign scenes; atmospheric photos; also postcards of paintings of land, sea or interiors. Someone has just walked through/been in this place, who is it? Where was he/she coming from, going to? Why? What’s on his or her mind?
EXERCISE: SURREAL POSTCARDS. Strange abstracts; angled photos of weird items; mysterious, surreal, bizarre, funky or otherwise odd paintings or photos. States of Heart – this picture represents someone’s feelings and thoughts, write an interior monologue.
EXERCISE: SITUATION PICTURES. People doing things, the more puzzling or busy the better. What’s going on in this picture? Who are these people, why and what are they doing? OR Choose one person in the picture and write his or her thoughts, feelings, dialogue.
EXERCISE: PORTRAITS. Painted or photographed. Describe this person’s life.
EXERCISE: MYTHICAL PICTURES. Fairytales, myths, legends, Bible tales, saints, heroes. Write one scene of the story, as vividly as you can. OR Write a scene of this story that is unknown to the rest of the world. OR Write the thoughts and feelings of a person in this story.
EXERCISE: SEASON AND ELEMENT PICTURES. Nature; close focus on rocks, water etc. Put a character in this place/experience, why is he/she there, what thoughts, feelings and senses? OR Explain this to a child who has never seen it.
EXERCISE: ANIMAL PICTURES. Especially wild animals in the outdoors. You are a photographer or a scientist observing this animal, but at the same time it is reminding you of somebody else; write the train of thoughts.
EXERCISE: WRITING WITH THE SENSES. The 8 Senses exercise (see Mini-Lecture 2) works well with any of the above postcards and pictures. Describe the smells, sounds, textures, movements in this picture.
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