Portrait with a Pimple
Workshop inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray is not a novel for young audiences. Therefore, first we are going to learn what the story is about and discuss whether it’s okay to do bad things if you’re sure you won’t be punished for it. Or maybe you should always be good without expecting anything in return?
In the main part of the workshop we are going to look at an illustration showing the picture of the main character of the book. Looking at the image of a beautiful young man in a chic outfit, we’re going to think about how bad deeds could really affect the appearance of his face. What defor- mations and other marks could correspond to the wickedness Dorian did? Could, for example, a bulging eye be a symbol of an evil view of others, and a pimple on the tongue be responsible for gossiping about someone? Could a character turn green with anger? Using artistic means of expression the workshop participants will have the opportunity to present their vision of the picture of Dorian Gray.