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Surrealist Self-Portraits

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Description

Students will explore and analyze the work of past and present surrealist artists. Using a variety of mixed media materials students will create multimedia self-portraits that incorporate fantasy and surrealism-inspired imagery.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will analyze the history and meaning of surrealism and utilize these characteristics in a self-portrait.

Students will investigate past and present surrealist artists for inspiration.

Students will develop a surrealism-inspired self-portrait using mixed media and fantasy images.

Students will learn the importance of balancing freedom and responsibility in the use of images and materials.

Students will examine the ways responses to the surrealist style have changed over time.

Teaching Strategies

  • Share the history of Surrealism and surrealist artists to facilitate a discussion on the fantasy-inspired style.
  • Demonstrate a multimedia approach to students by reviewing the use of various materials and processes.
  • Encourage students to reflect on their process and product throughout the project.
  • Discuss the importance of balancing freedom and responsibility in the use of images and materials.
  • Assist students in examining how responses to the surrealist style have changed over time.

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National Standards


Create

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and Contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.

VA:Cr1.2.IIIa

Experiment, plan, and make multiple works of art and design that explore a personally meaningful theme, idea, or concept.

VA:Cr2.1.IIIa

Demonstrate understanding of the importance of balancing freedom and responsibility in the use of images,materials, tools, and equipment in the creation and circulation of creative work.

VA:Cr2.2.IIIa

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

5 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Drawing tools (e.g., graphite, charcoal, ink)
  • Paint (e.g., acrylic, watercolor, tempera)
  • Paintbrushes & water cup
  • Oil pastels
  • Canvas board & drawing paper
  • Cardboard
  • Mixed media
  • School glue

National Standards


Create

Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and Contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.

VA:Cr1.2.IIIa

Experiment, plan, and make multiple works of art and design that explore a personally meaningful theme, idea, or concept.

VA:Cr2.1.IIIa

Demonstrate understanding of the importance of balancing freedom and responsibility in the use of images,materials, tools, and equipment in the creation and circulation of creative work.

VA:Cr2.2.IIIa

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Steps

Learn about Surrealism

Compare and contrast past and present Surrealist artists. Consider how their work was received based on the time period in which it was created.

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Instructional Materials

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The Elements of Art

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The Principles of Design

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27 Surrealist and Fantasy Artists

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Portrait Drawing Proportions

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Brainstorming Thumbnails

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What is Surrealism?

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Dream Brainstorm

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Surrealism Research Guide

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Reflection

#ArtistStatement

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