One of the most famous paintings in Sweden is Carl Larsson´s Midwinter sacrifice, a huge painting you can find at the National museum in Stockholm. We worked with an activity that focused on the painting and its motive. After an introductory VTS and different tasks the students were told to make some research about a given subject connected with the painting and present it on a poster. When the wonderful result was up on the wall, we all enjoyed a vernissage while eating snacks and drinking cider as you usually do at such an event.
On the 20th of October students and teachers from Mullsjö folkhögskola went visiting the exhibition of John Bauer who is most famous for his exotic paintings of trolls and elves. After getting a short introduction by a curator at the museum, we started with an interesting VTS using the painting I will give you this magic herb. The first part of the exhibition is an imaginative performance, working with senses. The task was to find a painting that the students wanted to take part in and give it a title. Next step was to give words to the emotions the picture awoke and share the thoughts with a classmate.
The second part concentrated on the life and works of John Bauer where the students have to study the works thoroughly in order to find answers to a quiz.
We had a very inspiring day, learning a lot about art and John Bauer as well as improving our English!