The Fairy Tale Room in the exhibition “The Dance of Life: The Collection from Antiquity to 1950”. Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Frode Larsen

The Fairy Tale Room

The Dance of Life. The Collection from Antiquity to 1950
Tour and workshop
Permanent programme

The National Gallery will be temporarily closed after 13 January 2019.


Fairy tales are among the most ancient forms of poetry and literature we know of, and they continue to play a significant role in various cultures. People told these tales in order to convey something important, and they often contain a morally edifying point about good versus evil. Among the works featured in the Fairy Tale Room we find drawings by the artist Theodor Kittelsen that are over 100 years old. It is said that he was the first artist to draw trolls and thereby give them their characteristic appearance. Looking at art together with other people can both surprise you and give you new experiences.


We will take our experiences from the visit to the Fairy Tale Room as a starting point for our own creative efforts in the workshop, where we will create a universe of drawings with charcoal and felt-tip pens. It can be liberating to use creative processes to express your own thoughts and viewpoints. The session ends with the students presenting what they created in their encounter with the fairy tale treasures.

Duration: Tour: 1 hour/ Tour and workshop: 2 hours

Educational level: Adult education

No. of students: 30

Venue: National Gallery, Universitetsgata 13

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