Deception, lies, magic and ipods

The composer Debussy said:

Art is the greatest deception of all. Art is the deception that creates real emotion, a lie that creates a truth, and when you give yourself over to that deception it becomes magic.

Use this video and Debussy’s quote about art and deception to write/compose something of your own.

Here’s the link to Marco Tempest’s website.

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Posted by on June 17, 2011 in Writing prompts


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The power of storytelling

Even a two year old knows that storytelling is all about delivery. Watch his facial expressions, his involvement and his enthusiasm.

Video yourself retelling an old story and don’t forget your facial expression, body language, voice intonation.


Posted by on June 15, 2011 in Oral storytelling


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How to use artwork or images to generate ideas for writing or discussion

Images (still or moving) are an excellent way to generate ideas which can be used for discussion or writing. Here’s a bit of help with that; I found this on the amazing Art Inspired wiki.

Use artwork or photos to generate ideas, critical and creative thinking.

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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in Uncategorized


The power of words

Use this short film as a prompt for writing. Please come back and share how you used this with your students (in the comment box).

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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in Writing prompts


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A fish with a smile

Watch and enjoy. Use this animated story as inspiration for your own story, poem, animation, song, discussion. How many themes can you discover?

Found here. This animation was inspired by a picture book by the famous Taiwanese author and illustrator Jimmy Liao. The short won first prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007.

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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in Writing prompts


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Vovo (Portuguese for grandfather)

Watch Vovo, a short film by 25 year old award winning director and animator, Luiz Lafayette Stockler.

This is a short, simple but powerful story. How does the animation enhance the spoken text? What makes the simple pictures bring the story to life? Do they offer additional information which is not contained in the text? Comment on the perspective of the pictures, eg the focus on Vovo’s feet when he’s opening the fridge.

Write a short story about someone who matters to you. Create a storyboard either on paper or  online. Think carefully about your pictures and make them sparse. Play around with your perspective.

You can read an interview with Luiz Stockler here. Here is his website.

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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Writing prompts


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The Barber of Seville

Here’s a humorous take on Rossini’s opera, The Barber of Seville.

The plot here is based on fantasy, and reminds me of The Sorceror’s apprentice, originally a poem by the German poet, Goethe, before it was popularised by Disney.

Use this video as an inspiration and do one of the following –

  • write a poem
  • draw a cartoon sequence
  • write a short one-act play
  • record a radio play
  • video a dramatised version of your own
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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Writing prompts


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