Dali’s Elephants

Fifth Graders are finishing up their study of Surrealist artist Salvadore Dali.  We read “Dali and the Path of Dreams” by Obiolis and Subirana – the pictures in the book are gorgeous and really helped my students understand Surrealism.

Dali & The Path Of DreamsMy 5th Graders were intrigued by the long-legged elephant images in the book – and so we had to draw them!

We drew the elephants together, one step at a time – and after a demonstration about value and shading, my students used oil pastel to blend and shade the elephant bodies.  Watercolor for the ground and sky completed their fabulous surreal landscapes.

Surreal Elephants

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I am also a new fan of the liquid watercolors that we used on the background – squirt a little of the concentrated watercolor in a dish, add water – viola!  Lots of watercolor for this big painting project!

Liquid Watercolors

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4 thoughts on “Dali’s Elephants

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  2. Thanks! My 5th Graders really enjoyed the project, and really did a nice job using their shading skills with oil pastels.

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