Fantasy is a powerful process of creating unrealistic or improbable scenarios using creative imagination. It can often result in invention, play, or even escape from reality.Exploring Fantasy is an opportunity for learners to explore the unlimited possibilities of the imagination. They can use fantasy as a way to deal with real life trials and celebrations while also entering the world of invention.
By introducing fantasy we can have learners find creative ways to problem solve. Fantasy has deep roots in the stories of the past that have been passed from the beginning of civilization, generation to generation. Fantasy is filled with ideals of courage, loyalty, and honor; ideals that sometimes seem lost in the realistic expectations of our world.
Contrarily, fantasy provides an individual an opportunity for escape to an ideal society or a fantastical place that does not exist. Politically, artists who deal in fantasy may have a desire to change economic and civil injustice to express a desire for substantial social change. Although utopian views of fantasy may be viewed by some as an escapist philosophy, artists who delve into dreams, imagining the future, abstraction, heroes with supernatural powers, and defeating evil, have ideas of striving for a new and just society.
Based on Jungian, Freudian, and other psychoanalytic theories of the inner mind, artists who delve into fantasy and dreams may attempt to create an aesthetic of the subconscious mind. The abstract language of color, the depiction of monsters in our closets, evil stepmothers, and supernatural beings are all metaphors; a way of camouflaging very real dreams, terrors, or aspirations of society in order to conceptualize a manageable means of imagination. Fantasy allows the learner to explore concepts of problem solving through the use of imagination.
Rationale for Teaching
Fantasy as an enduring idea for teaching and learning allows multiple disciplines to engage in study by examining artworks of the past and contemporary artists who use imagination as subject matter. Fantasy and reality as an enduring idea have permeated the cultures of all people underpinned by artworks that depict things that are intangible or unreal. The surrealists investigated dreams and desires of the subconscious mind; World War II prompted artists and creative writers to question ethics and explore philosophy (existentialism); and technological advances allowed utopian ideas to usher in a physical brutality of the modern world. New ideas and futuristic dreams move society forward by imagining what could be, making sense of past inequities, and coming to terms with what is real.
- To dream beyond realistic individual, societal, and universal expect
- Using creativity to experience the improbable
- Fantastical thinking can be used as a problem solving tool
- What are examples of fantasy?
- What technologies can we use to experience fantasy?
- How can we use fantasy as a way to solve individual, societal and universal issues?