Explore more of the artworks exhibited during Surrealism and War (2014) from The Exquisite Corpse of the Unknown Veteran project by Jeanne Dunning and Aaron Hughes, US Army National Guard online.
NVAM Education and Programs Manager, Moki Tantoco challenged NVAM staff to a virtual game of exquisite corpse. Like most folks working from home, we jumped on a #zoommeeting to connect. Pictured is a snapshot from the virtual reveal of our completed corpse sections. We had an absolute blast creating this, and a few good laughs, too!
NVAM challenges you to create your own exquisite corpse! Directions below. Remember to share your finished exquisite corpses with NVAM by tagging us on social media @nationalveteransartmuseum, or by taking a picture and e-mailing Moki at firstname.lastname@example.org We will post the collected responses on our Education Blog!
Directions: If you are playing virtually like NVAM, assign corpse sections in categories: head, body, legs and feet. Prompt players to create their corpse sections using any media- ink, colored pencil, crayons, collage, etc. Make sure to confirm the orientation of the exquisite corpse with your players! The traditional orientation is vertical. Reveal your completed exquisite corpse sections on your preferred virtual communication platform. Take a picture and share with us!
If you are playing in-person with family/friends that are sheltering-in-place with you, follow these traditional exquisite corpse steps: fold a paper in tri- or quarter-fold to match the number of players (NVAM staff used quarter-fold; we had four players). Have one player draw the corpse head in the top section of the folded paper. Make sure they know to mind the crease. Player one should then pass the folded paper on to player two without revealing the head (that's why the paper is folded). Next have the second player draw the body in the middle section of the folded paper and pass on to the third and fourth players in the same fashion as player one (without revealing the completed corpse sections). Players three and four create the legs and feet in the lower sections of the folded paper. Once all corpse sections are complete, unfold the paper to reveal the finished exquisite corpse. Take a picture and share with us!