Lesson Plan : Learning About Surrealism

Teacher Name:
 Eleni Diamantes
 Grade 9-10
 Arts and Crafts

 What is Surrealism? The topic of today's lesson is about Surrealism, which is a cultural art movement that began in the early 1920's, founded by Andre Breton.
 The topic of today's lesson is about Surrealism, which is a cultural art movement that began in the early 1920's, founded by Andre Breton. Surrealism style uses visual imagery from the subconscious mind to create art without the intention of logical comprehensibility. Many people who joined the surrealist movement where those from another movement called the Dada movement. In this lesson, you will learn about the Dada and Surrealist art movement, the painting techniques, and the artists who made these movements famous.
 Some goals of this lesson is to be able to tell the difference between the Surrealist movement and any other art movement. Another goal is to be able to identify some Surrealist artists such as Salvador Dali, Rene Margritte, and Giorgio de Chirico. I also what the class to keep in mind, what makes a painting surrealist?
 Materials needed for this lesson plan is pictures/posters of Surrealist art and a hand out that needs to be filled out by the students based on my lecture. Also crayons or pencils to draw their own Surrealist sketch.
 For the introduction of this lesson plan, I will be hanging up a poster of a painting by Salvador Dali and I want the class to answer a few questions based what they think about the painting and based on what they think surrealism is: 1. What do you think, based on this one painting, qualifies a work of art to be surrealist? 2. In your own words, define surrealism.
 Three Young Surrealist Women Holding in Their Arms the Skins of an Orchestra, by Salvador Dali. As you can see in the painting, the scene that Dali painted is from his imagination and subconscious mind, which is what most surrealist art is.
Checking For Understanding:
 Surrealism developed out of the ___________ art movement. An example of a Surrealist artist would be ______________. Around what year did the Surrealist art movement begin? ______________. True or False: Surrealism uses imagery from the subconscious mind of the artist.
 My lesson plan started with an introduction to the topic, content, and some goals that I'd like to meet during this lesson. I then gave the introduction about the topic, Surrealism, and put up a visual of a surrealist painting by Salvador Dali. The, based on the quick assessment, I will be able to see if the class was able to retain the information that i discussed in class.

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