Surrealism Sentence Lesson Plan
3 Days (55 minute class)

Michigan Merit Curriculum:

C.2 Develop an idea, question, or problem that is guided by the
personal, historical, contemporary, cultural, environmental,
and/or economic contexts of the visual, performing,
or applied arts discipline.

C.3 Understand, recognize, and use the elements,
organizational principles, patterns, relationships,
techniques, skills, and applications of the visual, performing,
or applied arts discipline.

R.1 Observe, describe, reflect, analyze, and interpret works
of the visual, performing, or applied arts.

R.2 Identify, describe, and analyze connections across the
visual, performing, and applied arts disciplines, and other
academic disciplines.

Objectives:
  • Students will learn about surrealism and different surrealism artists.
  • Students will review the main components of a sentence (noun with adjective, verb, and prepositional phrase).
  • Students will work in small groups.
  • Students will illustrate their own unique surrealism picture based on one of the “funny sentences” the small groups made.

Vocabulary Words:
surrealism, noun, adjective, verb, prepositional phrase, Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali

Preparation:
Have examples of Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali's artwork out. Arrange students in groups of 3.

Materials and Resources:
  • evaluation sheet
  • example of the project
  • example of Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali's artwork
  • crayons, marker, and/or colored pencils
  • 12x18” rough draft paper
  • 12x18” white paper
  • pencil
  • notebook paper
  • copies of the descriptions of surrealism and sentence parts papers for each student

Motivation-Instruction:
  • Teacher will show example of the project.
  • The class will look at examples of surrealist artwork by Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali.
  • Students will read about surrealism and review the parts of a sentence.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Students will be placed into groups of 3 where one person will write down a noun with an adjective, another write down a verb, and the last group member write down a prepositional phrase – each without looking at each other's word/words. Each group will then put their sentences together and the teacher will write each group sentence on the board.
  • Students will choose one of the funny or surreal sentences from the class list.

Procedure:
Day 1:
  • Teacher will show example of the project.
  • The class will look at examples of surrealist artwork by Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali.
  • Students will read about surrealism and review the parts of a sentence.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Students will be placed into groups of 3 where one person will write down a noun with an adjective, another write down a verb, and the last group member write down a prepositional phrase – each without looking at each other's word/words. Each group will then put their sentences together and the teacher will write each group sentence on the board.
  • Students will choose one of the funny or surreal sentences from the class list.
  • Students will begin illustrating their chosen surreal sentence on rough draft paper.

Day 2:
  • Students will finish drawing on the rough draft paper, outline that drawing in marker, and with pencil trace their picture onto the white final paper (making sure to incorporate the sentence somewhere in their artwork).
  • Students will begin coloring their surreal picture.

Day 3:
  • Students will finish their surrealism sentence picture and turn in. The more detail the better the grade!

Resources:

Lesson plan adapted from www.itsmyidea.com/cgi-bin/itsmy/go.exe?page=11&domain=13&webdir=pcms