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RE: [teacherartexchange] surrrealism


From: Judi Morgan (judi.morgan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Sep 20 2006 - 10:22:02 PDT

Just a funny story....

I did have one student who is very mathematical/engineer oriented. As
long as we were doing "logical" art he was very confident and
enthusiastic. When we were doing surrealism he was trying really,
really hard--furrowed brow and all. All of a sudden he jumped up, shook
his head in his hands and proclaimed, "I can't take this! It is too
random!" Then he quietly sat down and continued working. Everyone just
cracked up. I guess surrealism isn't for everyone...:)

Judi Morgan
Saint George's School
2929 W. Waikiki Road
Spokane, WA 99208
'Science and technology do not tell us what it means to be human. The
arts do.'

-----Original Message-----
From: Betty B []
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 9:54 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re:[teacherartexchange] surrrealism

My middle schoolers love surrealism - except for the
ones who are uncomfortable with anything "weird".

But when it comes to DOING surrealism, collage has by
far been the most successful, Smithsoniam magazines
are my favorite (although rare) collage material
source, and of all techniques, this is the only one I
would say has really related to how smart the kid is.
The best surrealist collages have come from the
brainiest kids. True humor/irony/satire takes some

Another thing I like to do is print out a whole bunch
of copies of the Sistine Chapel creation of Adam (just
the hands, which they cut apart and use individually),
and Hokusai's wave, and Mona Lisa and the Scream - the
usual things they see a million times. They really
enjoy putting those object in unusual situations.

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