Let’s learn about surrealism together!

Surrealism is an art form which explores the strange and unusual in our world (and outside of it!). The concept was started by André Breton and largely made popular by artist Salvador Dalí, who was largely inspired by the dream world. Artists can work with surrealism in photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, and almost any other creative form. 

There are two videos to choose from to learn about surrealism.

The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!

You may see a number of other videos that are a deeper dive into things you might be interested in. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities and/or a project. 

High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with one of the advanced learning projects in the Projects section.

Take A Deeper Dive!

A deeper dive into the history of surrealism.

The Philosophy Behind Surrealism in 5 Minutes

“Pop Surrealist” Artist Profile: Cyrus Fire.


Try Automatism!

Make an automatic drawing with this quick tutorial! Set your clock to five or ten minutes and draw without stopping, thinking, or getting distracted, for that full length of time. You’ve got this! Be sure to add your work to the portfolio afterward.

Surrealism Collage

Use old magazines or newspapers to create a fun and easy surrealist collage! Watch the video to find the list of supplies needed, and have a blast. Upload a photo of your finished project to your portfolio.

Play Games – Learn Surrealist Techniques

There are several projects shown in this video. Watch it through, and then pick two to try on your own. You should only need paper and a pencil or pen. Give it a go and remember to upload a video or picture to your portfolio!

Advanced Project

Paint a Surrealist Self-Portrait

This video is more of an overview than a tutorial, but you’ll see her process mapped out quite well. Give this project a try if you’re fairly comfortable with painting and sketching already and would like a bit of a challenge! Remember to add the finished work to your portfolio.