“Magritte’s Marvelous Hat”
When Magritte tries on a hat, it floats above his head. He buys the hat and discovers that his painting becomes better than ever.
The hat likes to play hide and seek which inspires Magritte to paint ordinary things in an unordinary way. One day the hat hides so well that Magritte cannot find it. Will he still be able to paint?
This book promotes imagination, wonder, different perspectives, and creativity.
TITLE: Magritte’s Marvelous Hat
AUTHOR: D. B. Johnson
ILLUSTRATOR: D. B. Johnson
PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Children, 2012
AGE GROUP: 5-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, different perspectives, creativity
1) Create a new way to play hide and seek by changing the rules, seeking something unusual or using a different setting to play.
2) Surrealism artist Rene Magritte used juxtaposition of imagery in his paintings. Juxtaposition is placing together two contrasting/opposing objects to showcase their differences while forcing a connection(s) between the two. What is a connection that you make in Magritte’s painting titled Golconde?
Your turn: Create a picture that uses two objects that are not associated with each other to form an unlikely connection.
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