I have found the surrealist experiment to be a hit with the boys (aged 12-13). They are at the awkward stage when most will give up art any day if given the choice, so I tend to think of projects that do not require much in terms of drawing skills. I limit the technicalities to a few skills at a time, without placing much emphasis on it. I try to make the boys see that are is more than just being able to draw, that there are big ideas behind art, especially modern art. I present it to them in as simple a way as possible and most enjoy it and get something out of it. I also do cubism and abstract expressionism with the same year group. It is very much a matter of balance (like everything else we do!). I want them to develop formal art skills but I want the kids to enjoy it as much as possible. From Charlot Cassar, Malta
One of the drawings you see here won a first place and the other won a second place at our local art show this year.
Resources: Surrealism, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and others.
This lesson is designed for my Drawing and Painting Class, grades 10
- 12. Student create a work in two media. The first is a surreal collage from magazine
sources, the second is a drawing from the collage.
Students took part in a discussion about Surrealism. Artists
such as Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte were discussed.
were allowed to look through magazines and newspapers for interesting objects
and images to help them create a surrealistic collage. Theme was important.
Elements and principles of design were reviewed. (9" x 12" would
be a good size -- or 12" x 18").
Students were also involved in a discussion about Crow Quill Pens and India ink techniques, such as pointillism/stippling, scumbling, hatching, and cross-hatching.
Students experimented with the techniques
Using pencil, students enlarged all - or a portion- of their collage on Strathmore drawing paper.
Students then began to create their Surrealistic montage in various
pen and ink techniques.
Students were also required to mat their
drawings when finished.
A critique of the pen and ink drawings
took place when they were finished. Students discussed how successful
they felt the Surrealism was achieved and what they could do to enhance
Salvador Dali 2v - Painter, sculptor, writer, and filmmaker, Salvador Dali was one of the century's greatest exhibitionists and eccentrics and was rewarded with fierce controversy wherever he went.
Magritte - The late David Sylvester was the curator of several exhibitions of the work of René Magritte, including the widely acclaimed retrospective at the Tate Gallery in 1969, and he earned a reputation as the foremost expert of Magritte's work.
Here is the lesson idea... Students can create their own kind of surreal still life from magazine collage - then render the collage as realistically as they can (try grid enlargement if needed - or even tracing paper overlay to get shapes in right place) - adding in shadows/highlights to enhance illusion - using pencil - or Colored Pencils (or whatever medium they choose).