An Alternative Reality

By Andrea Goodwill

Create your own alternative universe by altering the reality of a well known landmark or landscape. Have fun reimagining the world as we know it.

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You might be inspired by the work of Kirstine Roepstorff who is a Danish Artist who works with collage using images and embellishments. You may also take inspiration from the works of artists during the Surrealist movement.

On completion you will have created an imaginative, visual story that could inspire a poem or story.

Kirstine Roepstorff, You Are Being Lied To, 2002. Saatchi Gallery



  • A piece of paper to assemble your collage on, examples here are A4
  • Magazines/Photographs
  • Embellishments such as buttons ribbon, sequins, glitter, tin foil and scrap fabric, things you have around the house
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Drawing media if you want to draw into your collage – this is optional

Photo by True Agency on Unsplash


Activity – Piecing together your world

Select images from a magazine these might be from a specific location or country something that is iconic and easily recognised. Try to select images that appeal to you and that you would like to create an altered reality for. For example imagine the Eiffel Tower in the middle of a tropical rainforest or the Taj Mahal in the arctic.

Once you have gathered lots of images you can start to assemble your story cutting and gluing the images down to create an altered reality collage composition.


You can use drawings and embellishments to add to your collage to create magical elements and textures.

Once you have completed your composition, present it and tell your story, you may verbally communicate this or write your story down to accompany your collage. You could even write a poem.


Thank you for taking part in the Northern School of Art Middlesbrough Saturday Club Workshop.

Share your work or post online and tag @natsatclub

Contributed by Andrea Goodwill MBE, Northern School of Art Middlesborough Art&Design Saturday Club

Andrea is a Course Leader for Level 2 Art and Design and LAO  Saturday School. Her specialist area is in Textile and Fashion.


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