Pre-Raphaelite Storytelling

An afternoon telling stories to children at BMAG was great fun. Using stories they had developed themselves based on the paintings in the Pre-Raphaelite galleries, students told stories to small groups of children, and we also read a few fairy tales and poems which were relevant to different paintings. It made me think about the different uses that stories have – and about how we can look at a painting and see a completely different story, if we want. The children who joined in were fascinated, thankfully! I spoke to a father of three girls who said he was delighted to have found an event which engaged his girls in art, encouraging them to look closely at the pictures and to think about what might be happening in the paintings, so it was definitely a worthwhile event!

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