By Jessica Lay
David Bowie used this technique to create song lyrics. We’re going to use it to create pictures!
He borrowed this cut-up technique from other artists, mainly the surrealists of the 1920s, and also the beat poets of the 1950s and 60s.
1. Using some rough/scrap paper, write out the following phrases (if you hate writing, get an adult to do this quickly for you! This is the only boring bit, I promise)
2. Next, cut up each phrase and keep them in 4 piles, in the way they appear in the table.
3. Fold each phrase in half and jumble them up a bit!
4. Now, pick one at random from each pile. It will give you a character, a garment, a location, and a scenario
5. Now draw the scene!
Add in other characters/garments/locations/scenarios to the piles. How about your favourite actors/musicians/artists? Add locations you’d like to draw.
You can even swap one of the categories. eg emotions instead of garments.
Now draw these and share what worked best!
Thank you for taking part in the Highbury College Saturday Club Workshop. We can’t wait to see the finished pictures!
Contributed by Jessica Lay, Highbury College Art&Design Saturday Club
Jess is passionate about increasing opportunities for young people to be able to access the arts and creative outlets. She is a qualified teacher, Fine Art graduate from Goldsmiths College London and makes lino-prints in her spare time.
“I have enjoyed every minute of being part of the National Saturday Club scheme over the last few years, and every year I meet such a fantastic group of young people – I love their individuality and creativity, and to be able to see them develop confidence and gain new experiences is just a brilliant thing to be part of!”