Surrealism Is….

This is how Georgetown’s Fifth Graders describe Surrealism: kind of creepy.  Sort of silly.  Like the strangest dream you’ve ever had. Unreal.  Bizarre. Fantastic.  Odd.  Sweet but…strange.

They created surreal portraits after viewing the work Surreal artist Salvadore Dali.

url Salvadore Dali

imgres Dali’s well-known “Persistence of Memory”

Check out their sort of sweet, sort of creepy Surreal portraits!

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I Can:

Explain the Surrealist art movement

Tell two facts about Salvadore Dali

Create a work of art based on Surrealism




More for the Art Show!

Our annual HPS Student Art Show is coming up!  The show features over 700 works of art from grades K-12, including 100 masterpieces from Georgetown’s finest!

The show is held at the Hudsonville City Hall reception room and will run from April 20-28, 2015.  Georgetown artists will have a special reception from 5:30-7:30 PM on Thursday, April 23rd.



Check out Georgetown’s latest selections for the art show below!

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Congratulations Artists!


Ketchup Time!

Georgetown’s fifth grade artists are completing two different art pieces this week.  We’ve gotten a little behind due to snow days and winter break, so we’ve been playing “Catch Up”…or as we say in the art room, Ketchup Time!


These fun and colorful villages are inspired by the work of Austrian architect and artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

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Take a peek at this fun video to see Hundertwasser’s work….my 5th graders are still asking to watch the video, but I suspect it is partly because of the music that goes along with it!

Fifth graders have also been getting a kick out of their Salvadore Dali “Vase or Face” pieces.  Which is it…vase or face?

Facevase  This famous optical illusion became the basis for their own surreal vase/face pieces, complete with symbols often used by Salvador Dali himself – ants, eyes, and floating watches.  It has been fun to see how my students interpret the Surrealist art movement and integrate the dreamlike, slightly uncomfortable images of Surrealism into their own pieces.

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See more Hundertwasser and Vase/Face pieces at our ARTSONIA online art gallery!

Learning Goals:  *Identify the work of Hundertwasser and Dali *Name two facts about both artists *Create an architectural drawing in the style of Hundertwasser *Identify elements of Surrealism including transformation and juxtaposition  *Create a Surreal drawing in the style of Dali


Get Surreal!

Fifth Grade artists recently learned about the Surreal artwork of a surreal guy…Salvadore Dali.  We’ve done lots of projects that focus on surrealism – see a few of them here:  Monster Mash , Dali’s Elephants , Surreal Lockers , and Salvadore Dali Portraits . 

This year we created a surreal room and filled it with floating objects cut from magazines.  Fifth graders were asked to consider four “surreal” guidelines in choosing and placing their objects:

* Laws of nature are reversed

* Use of Juxtaposition – two objects that normally wouldn’t be placed together

* Transformation – turning something familiar into something unusual

* Dislocation – objects placed where they would not normally be found

These guidelines really helped my fifth graders focus on their selection of pictures to add to their rooms.  We also watched parts of a great little video about surrealism: Get Surreal.


  Creating the surreal rooms

 Looking through magazines for just the right photo!




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.

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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!

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