Henry Darger Resource Kit

Hi Everyone! Happy Saturday!

Intuit, the Museum for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago has put together a wonderful toolkit for teaching middle and high-school level students about the outsider artist, Henry Darger. https://www.art.org/curriculum/henry-darger-resource-kit/

Henry Darger (1892-1973) was an American writer, novelist and artist who worked as a hospital custodian in Chicago. He has become famous for his posthumously discovered 15,145-page, single-spaced fantasy manuscript called The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What Is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, along with several hundred drawings and watercolor paintings illustrating the story. (Wikipedia)

The Realms of the Unreal said to be the longest book ever to be written in the English language. It was bound in fifteen massive, densely typed volumes (with three of them consisting of several hundred illustrations, scroll-like watercolor paintings on paper derived from magazines and coloring books) created over six decades. Darger illustrated his stories using a technique of traced images cut from magazines and catalogues, arranged in large panoramic landscapes and painted in watercolors, some as large as 30 feet wide and painted on both sides. He wrote himself into the narrative as the children’s protector.

Please use discretion when teaching younger children. Some of the subjects may be disturbing. The resource pack gives some really great lesson plans and activities you can do with your students or kids.

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