1. Instruct the students to search surrealism art and artists on the Internet. (One site is life123.com/surrealist.) Have them take sufficient notes on at least five artists. Have them pay attention to surrealism that have the following characteristics:
- a. realistic items that have been used out-of-place
- b. unreal scenes
- c. normal objects acting abnormally
- d. fantastic creatures
2. Divide the class into four groups and have an open discussion on the artists that used the four characteristics.
3. Provide the following prompts and have the students write a short essay.
- a. Write about a dream you've had that seemed strange. Provide sufficient details.
- b. Write about an interesting and/or unusual experience that you've had recently or sometime ago. Provide sufficient details.
4. Instruct the students to analyze their essays for material to create a surrealistic painting. Have them write down what they plan to draw, if needed.
5. Have the students create a surrealistic painting. Have them write their names on the back. (Normally, artists write their names on the front, but since the students will be critiquing each other's work, this might avoid a lot of hurt feelings. Of course, students usually know who can draw in their class, but at least this makes for a level playing field.)
6. When paintings are completed, display them for critiquing. Critiquing should be based on whether or not the paintings have included the general elements of art, e.g., good composition, balance, color harmony, etc.