Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative, chance-based drawing game invented by the Surrealists in the mid 1920s. Each participant draws or collages an image on part of a sheet of paper, folds the paper to conceal their work, and passes it on to the next player for their contribution.
This is the first week in a 3 week Exquisite Corpse Drawing Challenge. Share this e-invite to 2 friends of any age, anywhere in the world. Follow the instructions below, and without looking at each other’s drawings, send the drawings to me by Tuesday. Drawings will be digitally combined, and posted to our website. The winning team will receive Seattle Artist League painting aprons!
- Take a piece of white typing paper, and choose something to draw with. You can draw (or collage) with anything you want, as long as it can be transferred into black and white.
- Fold your paper into thirds vertically. This will divide the 3 sections for each of the 3 team players. The boundary of your drawing will be the orange line in the picture below. Be clear with your team who draws top, middle, and bottom. Do not share any other information about your drawing.
- The drawings are going to need a way to connect with each other. If we were sitting at the table together the sequence would pick up where the previous drawing left off, but this is all over email, so they have to stop and start at a set location. For this, fold the same paper into thirds horizontally. This gives you intersection marks on the drawing boundary lines. Your drawing must enter/exit at the 1/3 fold marks.
DRAWING CHALLENGE #1: ANIMAL
- Choose a team name.
- Don’t tell your team members what animal you’re drawing, or even what part of the animal you drew. Communicate who draws the top third, who draws the middle third, and who draws the bottom third.
- Email me a straight clean photo of your drawings by 10pm Tuesday April 4, 2017. Include your team name and the names of the other people you’re drawing with, and tell me who was top, middle, bottom, so I know which drawings go with which and who to credit for what portion. I’ll assemble and post all the drawings by next Thursday.
Email your drawings to: