Friday, December 3, 2010

Sunday comic #4 & some Surreal-y good resources for teaching Surrealism!

(OK, it's still Saturday night as I post this, but we'll still call it a Sunday Comic...)
My Artist of the Month bulletin board currently highlights two Surreal artists for December: Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte. My third graders will actually be creating paintings of surreal food to put on our very own Salvador Deli bulletin board! Melting hamburgers, flying pickles, ice cream sundaes with eyeballs on top... can't wait to see what they come up with!

Friday I introduced Surrealism, Dali, and Magritte to my 3rd graders by reading this book (one of my absolute faves), and as always, they LOVED it!

And for my 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, I've shown them the movie Get Surreal with Salvador Dali. I have a different project planned at each grade level. As for the movie, it's an absolutely WONDERFUL resource, available FREE to educators from the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Here's where to get it:
If you click on this link and scroll down, you'll find instructions for requesting your free copy of the DVD.
There's a great collage project in the movie that I adapt for my 4th graders. And time permitting (ha ha), students at various grades will play the drawing game "Exquisite Corpse" (which I call "Funny Foldies" with the younger kids). It's also mentioned in the movie. Busy busy busy!!


  1. Have you ever done anything with Michael Albert and cerealism? I have been flattening and saving my cereal boxes for a project about him just not sure what.

    I love a free movie! Thanks! I will ask for that book for Christmas.

  2. Oh my gosh, Erica, I'd never heard of him so I immediately googled him. I'm totally cracking up - so terrific! I've already been saving cereal boxes (we will use the cardboard in upcoming papier-mache projects, such as wings & ears for flying pigs). But I've got to figure out a way to squeeze 'cerealism' in to my year. I'd already planned to intro Picasso later this year, and Albert's work certainly relates, but I'd really like to piggy-back this onto surrealism somehow. Too funny, so creative! Thanks! Let me know if you come up with a great idea...

  3. Thanks for the resources. I went to the Dali site and watched their short YouTube. We have a teacher at our school that does a lot with both Magritte and Dali so I sent her a link to your blog -- I KNOW she'll love it!

  4. I just left Albert's website--it's great! Erica - thanks for that tip, also!! I, too, have a growing collection of flattened food boxes that I haven't decided how to use yet. This is food for thought (no pun intended!)


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