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Be inspired by Shakespeare to draw, paint, collage, sculpt, photograph.

Here are a few ideas for visual art projects:

  • Design a cover for a new edition of one of the plays

  • Design a map for a shipwrecked island

  • Create a collage of an image from a play (eg a castle, a ship etc)

  • Photograph an image which could be a poster for a play

  • Design a costume for a character from one of the plays

  • Create a set design for a play

  • Use textiles to create a 3D image

  • Paint a character from a play

  • Use face paint to design make up for a fairy king or magical beast

  • Create a piece of art based on themes from the play



Themes in Shakespeare:

  • nature /love / power / confusion / betrayal / time / magic



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Inspiration and resources below.


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Be inspired by lines from Shakespeare:

  • ‘Brave new world’ – The Tempest

  • ‘You Banbury cheese’ – Merry Wives of Windsor (insults)

  • ‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players’ – As You Like It

  •  We are such stuff as dreams are made on’ – The Tempest

  • ‘Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness,

        And some have greatness thrust upon em.’ – Twelfth Night

  • ‘If music be the food of love play on’ – Twelfth Night

  • ‘To thine own self be true’ – Hamlet

  • ‘Nothing will come of nothing.’ – King Lear

  • ‘The course of true love never did run smooth.’ – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • ‘Lord, what fools these mortals be!’ – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • ‘There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’ – Hamlet

  • ‘We know what we are, but not what we may be.’ – Hamlet

  • ‘This is very midsummer madness’ – Twelfth Night

  • ‘We have seen better days’ – Timon of Athens

  • ‘To be or not to be’ – Hamlet

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