Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Under the Influence of Art-Magritte

This week was learned about Surrealism. We started by reading a book called "Dinner at Magrittes's." It's about a boy who visits his neighbors, René and Georgette Magritte the same night their friend Salvador Dalí is coming over for dinner. It's a fun book to read with the children, because there is something interesting to look at on each page. The kids had fun pointing out what was surreal (or weird) in each picture.

Then I gave them each an outline of an eye. They were to draw something surreal, that didn't "fit" into the image of an eye, with the idea that people looking at their pictures might have to figure out what they were thinking. It was a pretty complex idea that I tried to simplify for them, and I think they did a great job. They used images that are prominent in Dalí's and Magritté's work, which we saw in the book (clouds, eyes, clocks) along with their own ideas. 

What do YOU see?

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