Zóbel’s abstract animation, developed by young and old in the Prado Museum

What happens when Art and Technology go hand in hand? What if, in addition, young and old create in collaboration? These are the premises of the abstract animation workshop “Zóbel: a before and an after”, offered by the
Prado Museum
in collaboration with Punto y Raya.

On two Saturdays in February, 5 people from the Senior Citizens program and 8 people from the Women’s program, both from the Los Olivos program, as well as 10 young people from the Tiempo Joven program, went to the Prado Museum to, starting from Fernando Zóbel’s abstract art exhibition, to experiment with this sometimes misunderstood art form and share their visions.

From classic paintings, such as “The Spinners”, “The Fall of Icarus” or “The Maiden’s Dream”, they were able to learn about Zóbel’s interpretation of them and to consider their own interpretation, from an abstraction of the elements that truly transmit the fundamental idea of the painting, according to their own perspective.

Zóbel argued that the best way to get to know a painting is to draw it, and the participants had the opportunity to “get dirty” and create, starting with a flipbook as the first way to approach animation. In the second session, they worked in intergenerational pairs based on the work “Icarus”, discussing how they could represent pictorially the before and after that moment of the fall to create an animation.

The intergenerational approach to the activity was very interesting, as participants complemented each other by contributing their strengths and sharing their learning. In addition, the opportunity to explore with different materials (pencils of different hardnesses, graphite and charcoal sticks, erasers and smudgers…) from abstraction, allowed the participants to make strokes without feeling judged by the lack of technique or by the diversity of skills of each one, creating small works that were enlarged thanks to technology, giving them movement and expressiveness.