The world has felt topsy-turvy lately. Here are some upside down images to reflect that state of affairs.
Because you might not be able to turn your computer over I will include every image twice – as a topsy and a turvy.
The illustrations are from the book The Playful Eye, by Julian Rothenstein and Mel Gooding.
OHO! -a matchbox is from India, 1927. Harrumph.
The burro is from Spain, 1865. Flip it over to see the rider.
This Japanese woodblock was made in the 1830s. The bullfrog/skull in the center row is perplexing and perplexed.
From Italy in 1870…a gentleman, charming in both directions
Here is a gender bending topsy turvy from Spain, 1865.
This Indian topsy turvy from 1948 takes the face from youth to adulthood.
This is from an Indian pamphlet, painted in the 1980’s. I find it difficult but not impossible to ignore the lips in the forehead.
Try drawing your own topsy turvy head: fold a piece of paper in half and draw eyes in the middle. Draw a nose and a mouth below the eyes. Flip the paper and repeat with another nose and mouth. Fool around until it looks interesting from both directions.
Or you could color in these pages. Click on the link beneath each image for a pdf that you can download and print.
Here is the topsy turvy tree page as interpreted by Susan Hughes-Hayton and family.
Also, I have added a section of coloring pages to my website. Every weekday (until schools reopen and home isolation is over) I will post a page that you can download, print and color in.
Please share this link with children, teachers or anyone who would like to draw. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get weekly notifications linking you to the coloring pages. Thanks!
Have fun drawing in these topsy turvy times!
(Peter Newell 1893)