Middle School | Writing Workshop

For students ages 10 and up

The focus of our writing workshops is on art-inspired creative writing. The participating school students do their writing while at the exhibition itself in response to the impulses that they encounter, and they also get a chance to present their texts right on the spot. Here, it’s okay to take a break from worrying about correct grammar and spelling.

We allow selected paintings to tell us stories, and we put these stories into our own words in a creative way. In doing so, we depart from the standpoint of simply looking at pictures and try to place ourselves inside the various worlds that these artworks conjure up. This is about sensory impressions and perceptions as well as about realizing atmospheres and feelings conveyed by the paintings in creative texts. In doing so, we attempt to create the most coherent possible narratives, forming complete sentences using various parts of speech and also involving different levels of time in our texts. We also playfully try on various narrative perspectives such as first-person, thereby putting ourselves in the places of the figures we discover in the paintings.

The results can take the form of stories, poems, or still other free-form texts. To create them, we work either individually or in small groups with reference to selected paintings. Upon request, we can also concentrate on special types of texts such as fairy tales, dream-texts, or various poetic forms.


Basic prerequisites:

Knowledge of grammar; an ability to distinguish between tenses (past, imperfect, past perfect, present, future, conditional); a basic feel for correct usage (e.g., agreement of tenses, syntax, avoidance of repetition, etc.); basic familiarity with a few important text types/genres (e.g., narrative, fairy tale, dialog, poem); the ability to distinguish between realistic and non-realistic text types; some basic experience with narrative perspectives (e.g., first-person); fantasy and imaginativeness; enjoyment of thinking up and telling stories.

These programs normally run in connection with the exhibition Monet to Picasso but can also be realized in connection with all other ALBERTINA Museum exhibitions. We’ll be happy to adapt this workshop to the requirements of your teaching and/or special requests (e.g., regarding themes or types of texts).

Our workshops last 90 minutes, and we work in small groups.



Per participant | EUR 5

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ALBERTINA Art Education
on working days between 9 am and 4 pm under T +43 1 534 83 540 or E

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Albertina Schreibwerkstatt | Foto © Rainer Mirau
Albertina Schreibwerkstatt | Foto © Rainer Mirau
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