Sunday, February 21, 2021

Surrealist Self Portrait

This week, we will continue our lessons on identity in art by exploring images in our dreams.  We will: 

  • Analyze the history and meaning of surrealism and utilize these characteristics in a self-portrait.
  • Investigate past and present surrealist artists for inspiration.
  • Develop a surrealism-inspired self-portrait using mixed media and fantasy images.
  • Learn the importance of balancing freedom and responsibility in the use of images and materials.
Start by watching this video that asks:  What is Surrealism?

Next, watch this video to brainstorm and make art with Ms. Ammons.  You will be asked to analyze some images from a dream or dreams you have had, and you will:

  1. Prepare your surface. (Canvas Panels, Canvas, Cardboard)
  2. Layer design elements. (Get creative with your supplies!)
  3. Create a self portrait. (Draw your face from different angles or draw parts of your face.)
  4. Assemble the layers and portrait(s). (Arrange your designs and drawings)
  5. Add final elements. (Found objects or decorative elements.)
Get creative!  If you have lots of art supplies at home, think of ways to use your favorites.  If not, just use what you have.  Make it FUN.  Don't just do the minimum.


Project Goals: (4=A, 3=B, 2=C, 1=D)
  • Self portrait sketches show proportions of the face and shading
  • Images from the dream give some clues about the dream.
  • There are at least three 4 layers of collage, paint, or found objects.
  • The color scheme and mark-making create a mood that matches the mood of the dream.

To turn in work, copy this code:  WCCP-WSTF

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