Small figure made of bread (rolled), feathers, and insects (parts) by Petra Werle. Flyer from exhibition at Halle St. Pierre, Paris, 2007.


Object wrapped in yarn of various colors by Judith Scott.


Introduction to Art Brut

Translated and adapted from Creations Hors Du Commun, Collection de l'Art Brut Lausanne, Switzerland.

Time: 2 - 1 hour periods

Objective: Students will be introduced to materials, supports, tools, and objects through play. They will lead the talk through their imagination, materials, and freedom to create even though they may not finish an object.

Materials: 4 tubs will each contain:

  • Supports: different papers, photos, cuttings from maps, cartons, cardboard, tree leaf, etc.
  • Tools: crayons, felt tip markers, pens, pencils, brush, etc.
  • Materials: feathers, pearls, bows, fake fur, tissue, stone, wood, bones, string, wool, metallic thread, etc.
  • Objects: cup, pliers, plate, doll, car, fork, comb, bell, mirror, etc.

Classroom arrangement: Studio. Students will work in groups and alone.


  • Show images of diverse art work of art brut. Question & Answer. Students will lead discussion through their imagination, materials, and freedom of thought.
  • When introducing the supports, tools, materials, and objects. Ask students to look, observe, explore, attempt to create something the material suggests.
  • Students transform everyday material and discover new uses and new applications.
  • Students may not have had the opportunity to spend alot of time looking at one image before. They may or may not finish an object.

2007, L.Moriarity, For education purposes only.