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Surreal Still Life

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Description

Students will study Surrealism and experiment with ways to apply it to personal artmaking. They will practice a variety of techniques using chalk pastels to create a surrealist-inspired still life and participate in a peer critique.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will examine and analyze the qualities of surrealism and its representation of present day life.

Students will compile personal items that reflect their world to serve as visual imagery for a still life.

Students will create a visual composition of their chosen items that reflect the stylings of surrealism.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Define and distinguish the qualities of surrealism.
  • Discuss how surrealism can reflect aspects of daily life.
  • Choose personal items that could be used in a still life visual imagery as an example.
  • Guide students in composition arrangement and layout.

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National Standards


Create

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.

VA:Cr2.1.IIa

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours and 40 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Chalk pastels
  • Drawing paper
  • Eraser
  • Blending stump or cotton swab
  • Personal items such as a favorite book, collectible, or toy
  • Spray fixative
  • Images of Surrealist artwork
  • Picture-taking device

National Standards


Create

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.

VA:Cr2.1.IIa

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Steps

Select Still Life Objects

Select personal items to arrange and photograph. Consider the size, angles, and how to represent them in the artwork.

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Instructional Materials

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What is Surrealism?

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27 Surrealist and Fantasy Artists

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Chalk Pastel Techniques

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Chalk Pastel Tools

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Subtractive Drawing

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Symbols and Surrealism

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Summative

Create Reflection Rubric

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