When I was in High School, I was obsessed with Salvador Dali. He is still one of my favorite artists! I so was excited to show him to my 3rd graders! Read on to see how we made our Dali collage art projects:
1.) Talk about it: Show a slideshow of some Dali artworks and have kids share what they observed about them. Ask, "Why do you think Dali got famous? What is he doing differently?"
Talk about “Surrealism” and how it is unique the way Dali painted realistically, but his subject matter was not realistic. Ask the question "Do his paintings look real?" and you will get some "no" and some "yes" answers. It's kind of a trick question. He's painting things that are dreamy and not realistic, to look like they are actually real. Tell your students they are going to make silly, dream-like pictures, using their imaginations and creativity.
2.) Give them magazines and/or cut out pictures from them (I was lucky enough to score a huge box of magazine pictures, most already cut out perfectly, from a local organization that collects and distributes and sells recycled art materials. MECCA, in Eugene, OR.) Tell kids to pick 5 picture pieces only, arrange them on their paper, and glue them down.
3.) Give kids super fine sharpies, and let them "finish their pictures" and draw around the cut outs to create surreal situations. No words, only pictures!
4.) Color with colored pencils. Voila! Loving these. Not the most aesthetically pleasing kids art project I've thought of, but it really exercises the creativity muscles, and gets them to think outside the box, and think silly. It's super fun for them, too. Enjoy!!