Surrealism has always been one of the most successful lessons with my
elementary kids. They love it and want to repeat it every year.
1. Start by showing where surrealism is used in every day life....It is
used quite often in advertising because it catches the eye. I cut out ads
from magazines and newspapers where surrealism is used...you can find
many....For example, a washing machine coming out of a seashell....a watch
used as a head of a figure....a figure skiing down a white wool ribbed
sweater...I use these and many others as examples... just open any magazine
and you will find many. I have kept a folder over the years and after our
lessons the kids add to them when they find examples.
2. Then I show them surrealism in art....Magritte they love...Dali a bit
less....anyhow we talk about the images and the titles given to them....also
how Magritte used words as a part of his design...etc.
3. I give them a big pile of old magazines, which they can then cut up and
use in collage to form their own surrealistic images. They really have fun
with this. A leg coming out of a coffee cup, or a flower growing out of
someone's ear!!! We have a lot of laughs....They they also cut out words to
add to their image...
4. The fourth step is then to draw and create from scratch a surrealistic
image. By this time they are full of ideas!
Try it and let me know how it goes.