To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been. ~Rene Magritte
Finding ways to inspire art students can be a challenge for an art teacher. I try to come up with interesting projects for the students to do but at times I feel as if the creativity well has run dry.
When I feel that way I usually look for inspiration in another artist’s work. Studying the work of others gives me a different perspective. I find it helpful to look at art done in a completely different style from my own.
My Art II students are studying Rene Magritte’s work. The students spent a class period viewing paintings, drawings, and videos on You Tube showing Magritte’s surrealist view. Now they have to come up with their own surrealist composition. It has been interesting to see the ideas they are coming up with. They are not tied to the real world rules. They are free and can put things together in strange ways.
For some of the students it is a struggle. They are used to working a certain way with a certain style. This assignment is making them use their imagination. Using their imagination is almost painful for some. I am not sure how often they are asked to imagine in school. It will be interesting to see what kind of art work will result from this assignment.
I really like the quote above by Magritte. You do not have to be a surrealist to benefit from his wisdom. I believe that any artist that is struggling with inspiration could use the idea behind the quote to help in moving on with their work. A fresh eye is always helpful when trying to create. If your work is realistic, be on the search for the perspective most people don’t see or notice. Try to be unique. Be on the lookout.
I hope this devotional gives you a great start to a wonderful Friday. Take care.
Lord, Please be with all those that are reading this devotional. Help them to change their way of thinking long enough to see the world in a new and fresh way. Let this new vision encourage and inspire them to keep creating art work. I ask this in Christ’s name. Amen.