Guggenheim and a ....person! Story starter

  Tuesday 16th July, 2019

This is the Guggenheim museum in Bilboa Spain, the Basque country. It is one several Guggenheims around the world, all famous for their extraordinary architecture.

On its own, the Guggenheim might be a story starter. You might like to write/tell a story (a personal response, a technological explanation, a biography) or anything at all that sparks ideas by looking at this photo. But before you start, there is much more...

First let's begin. Students. (Please ignore instructions to teachers. We have to have a private word you know..) Just go straight to Students.

(Teachers! What are you doing? Are you paying attention? Have you put your lesson plan on the whiteboard! Good heavens, isn't it done yet? Alright, alright, we'll do it for you...well, perhaps not now and when you have time to breathe, you might take a look at our criteria sheet with its tried and true process for classroom and lesson management that we will have ready for you but in the meantime, we will all just do our best!

Students. Now, there has to be some law and order here! First

  1. Put away your computers and laptops and tablets
  2. Ask the teacher (if not already done) to write the lesson plan on the whiteboard
  3. Then, just go from there..

A description in story can start any way you like; discussion, ideas, your own memories, feelings, reactions. One other way can take the heat off. It stops you having to feel 'creative' if you don't feel creative or when all thoughts have simply vanished into your last football match...

We use our senses. This can be a great start or a great finish. It may also be the whole story. One way is to start with a list which can give you ideas or a way to remember other ideas. What can/might you 'see', 'hear', (overhear) 'taste', 'feel' or 'smell' outisde this museum?

(Here are some of our thoughts. In order, (see) metal, shapes like.., (hear) spanish speakers, water fountains? (taste) ice-cream, potato crisps, (feel) wind, crisp packets crackling, (smell) .. we couldn't think of anything..can you?


Add a person!
What is this fellow doing outside the museum? Is he waiting? Resting? Think up anything you like. Have fun!

A source

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, and located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. The museum was inaugurated on 18 October 1997 by King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Built alongside the Nervion River, which runs through the city of Bilbao to the Cantabrian Sea, it is one of several museums belonging to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and features permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists. It is one of the largest museums in Spain.

One of the most admired works of contemporary architecture, the building has been hailed as a "signal moment in the architectural culture", because it represents "one of those rare moments when critics, academics, and the general public were all completely united about something."[2] The museum was the building most frequently named as one of the most important works completed since 1980 in the 2010 World Architecture Survey among architecture experts.[2]