After a "skills assessment" students draw their hands as realistically as possible. Students were asked to draw a "fantasy hand" with each finger taking on a character all its own. They were encouraged to have an over-all theme for their "Surreal" hand. We began by discussing Dali's work as well as Magritte's style of painting. These artists painted in what we call the Surrealist style... dream-like visions where things are not what they seem... or items are put together in a totally different relationship than what we know to be real ( a surreal world). Examples of work by Magriite and Dali were shown. Students explored this art style via the WWW. They also looked at examples of various other artists' work focusing on the hand - Drawing Hand. This lesson idea courtesy of Mrs. Bunki Kramer, Lo Cerros Middle School. See also Surreal Feet.
AH: Compare and contrast various forms of artistic expression -- Examine the similarities and differences of how various artists work(ed).
AP: Control a variety of materials, tools techniques and processes while creating works of art -- Use imagination-- create a work of art based on a theme. Use colored pencils to create shading--value gradation-- Fine point markers to create a variety of line and textural interest.
AP: Students will create a hand drawing that alters reality--shows each finger and palm of hand expressing a fantasy theme (beyond real).
AC: Control a variety of materials, tools techniques and processes while creating works of art.
AE: Discuss and analyze criteria that determine value.