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George Smart, The Earthstopper

It’s night time and the moon is out. A man on a horse turns the corner and then…BOO! His lantern, his spade and his hat fly high as the characters in the shadows give him a fright.

This piece is by George Smart. The golden horse and man’s jacket are made from soft fabric, which the artist has carefully cut out and applied to the scene. Look closely at how the artist has created the figures in the shadow. Can you make anything out? Who or what do you think is there?

What do you think will happen next in this scene? Will the figure in the shadows come into the light? If so, what will it look like? Write a story about what you think will happen!

The Earth Stopper

George Smart The Earth Stopper © Image courtesy of Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

5 stories about “George Smart, The Earthstopper”

  1. sienna, age 9, from leicter

    one night olif whent to see all of the animals when suki the evil started caining himmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm so he started to chaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-ce himmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm the end.

  2. kirsten blackburn, age 9, from england

    General Mcmillan went on his horse to see the king of England. He took a lantern because it was night. On his way through the creepy forest, he turned a corner….. and a spooky creature blocked his path. He could not see what it was, because it was in the shadows.

    It stepped out in to the light………

  3. grace farnaby, age 8, from engaland,walsden

    HORSE FIRE!!!!

    One day a man called peter took a horse to a stable to sleep, but suddenly the horse’s could smell a fire the horses fort it might be in the big stable or some where else then they started to scream and shout
    then the fire kept on getting bigger and bigger then peter, Charlie peters sun and peters friends all put the fire out then their was not enough buckets of water to put the fire but then Charlie ran into the fire and got a boy horse called black beauty and then he ran back in to get as many horse’s as he could and ran in to get all of the horses out of the fire . the next day peter and his son had to move to America they had to leave their horses behind. All of the horses had been separated
    black beauty had to be a farmers horse he was really mean the farmer. I didn’t know where my friends went. One week a go my best friend dyed the horse was called Bella I was crying for the whole day.
    The end

  4. Jessica, age 9, from Scotland

    The old mean man was the earthstopper.He tried to stop earth but luckily Mr.G Smart made some poison and told the old mean man that it was the worlds greatest Lemonade ever so the old man drank it and DIED.

    Dramatic Story

  5. Alisha, age 13, from Ireland

    The dogs barked out in the yard,wakeing Henry from his sleep. Picking up his latern, Henry stumbled outside,still half asleep. His dogs had ran down the lane from his farm,so he saddled up his horse and rode down the lane after the dogs.
    What he found would scare any living man out of his skin…

    He found himself.