Surreal Landscapes of the Mind

Level: Middle School

Duration: Three 45-minute class periods

Historical Overview: Surreal landscapes of Max Ernst

Goals and Objectives: To introduce experimental uses of paint media.

Vocabulary: Surrealism, landscape, acrylics, drip techniques, encaustic

Materials: Acrylic paints, brushes, and plastic containers


Day 1

  1. Anticipatory Set: Show posters and books of art by different Surrealist painters.
  2. Slide lecture on history of Surrealism.
  3. Class discussion on artist Max Ernst.
  4. Review vocabulary.
  5. Demonstrate dripping and encaustic techniques.
  6. Students create preliminary drawing with charcoals.

Day 2

  1. Students set up palettes.
  2. Students transfer sketch onto canvas.
  3. Students paint.

Day 3

  1. Students develop criteria.
  2. Students pick best painting.
  3. Students critique paintings.

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