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 the advanced learning project in the Projects section.
Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney originally collaborated on this piece of surrealist video in 1945. It was released 58 years later!
Learn about Joan Miró, a Spanish artist who created surrealist paintings and sculptures.
Understanding surrealism can be tricky. This video will guide you some of the main themes behind surrealist art.
Explore the history of surrealism with this video from PBS.
Leonora Carrington was an influential artist in the surrealist movement. However, until recently her work remained virtually unknown. This hour-long documentary is a deeper diver into her life and works.
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Watch the video and follow the instructions to create an automatic drawing.
Remember to include a copy of your drawing in your portfolio.
Salvador Dalí was a Spanish painter who became a notorious figure of the surrealist movement. He was heavily inspired by his dreams, creating bizarre landscapes, often featuring unusual creatures.
Watch this video to learn more about Salvador Dalí and his artwork.
To create your artwork, you will need:
Watch the video and follow the instructions to learn how to draw a bird in the style of Salvador Dalí.
Remember to include a copy of your artwork in your portfolio.
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To create your collage:
Watch the video for inspiration on creating a surrealist magazine collage.
Remember to include a copy of your magazine collage in your portfolio.
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Watch the video and learn how to create a mixed-medium work of art inspired by Joan Miró’s paintings;
Remember to include a copy of your art in your portfolio.
Source: Image 1: “Exposition Joan Miró – l’Arlequin artificier – 16 juin au 03 novembre 2013 – Capucins – Landerneau – France” by y.caradec is licensed with CC BY-SA 2.0. To view a copy of this licence, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
Dive deeper into the lives of the surrealist artists and create a biography for an artist of your choice.
You could choose from:
Here is a basic biography template from Squarehead Teachers for you to download to help you organise your thoughts.
You may wish to write your biography using the template, or if you are feeling creative, you could create a video.
Save your biography writing and/or video in your portfolio.
If artistic expression is your jam, design and paint a mural based on the life of one of the surrealist artists. If you have completed the previous project, you could use your chosen artist, or perhaps you want to choose someone different.
Do the design work on a small scale, either on paper or digitally. Then, blow it up. You might do a “small” mural, on a roll of industrial sized paper, or a piece of plywood. Or you might be able to find a space to take your mural larger than life, on the side of a building, for example.
When designing your mural, think about:
Include a description of your mural and photos in your portfolio.