Surrealism Workshops

Using Surrealism to teach students in Hampshire about urban design and architecture.

The EPP was established to create a teacher focused approach to exploring ways that the designed built environment. As part of the Education Partner Programme, we have been working with Portsmouth College on a project that links urban design and surrealism.  The exhibition, the result of 12 workshops, ran at the Pop-Up Shops in Commercial Road, Portsmouth.

Starting with an exploration of Surrealist art and studying the work of artists such as Salvador Dali and Giorgio. The students then took a ‘virtual’ walk around the model and selected still images of interesting and inspiring viewpoints.  From these, they introduced texture and imagery that expressed the history of the site.  Some artworks are straightforward; some are mysterious; all tell an urban story and express the student’s interpretation of the powerful interplay of place and meaning.