This entry is in loving memory of Greg.
Once again I have had an incredibly successful summer session, teaching Surrealism to my students. I revamped, revised, and revisited my curriculum from last summer. I was so pleased with the results last year that I couldn’t wait to teach it again, and I was right to be excited, because the results came out even more amazing than last year.
So Once again, I taught Surrealism. None of my current students had taken my class last summer so there were no repeat attenders. Over the course of four weeks, we defined surrealism, we explored automatic writing, and we determined who our favorite surrealists were. Our final product was an updated, reinvented painting of one of our favorite surrealist art works and a presentation of this painting along with information we had found while researching the artist.
During presentations each student had to explain surrealism in their own words and present four facts about Surrealism. They choose this information from a pamphlet they designed that included information like what surrealism was, when it was happening and who the major artists were. It also described the surrealist artwork they had chosen, the year, the date, the material, why they had chosen it and what they had changed. The pamphlet also included a well researched comparison to a modern day artist. They had chosen either Tim Burton, Natalie Shau, or Jamie Brett Treadwell. Once they had presented four facts from this pamphlet they were quizzed by me as well. I only asked two questions each.
The Hallucinogenic Toreador, Salvador Dali
Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening, Salvador Dali
The False Mirror, Rene Magritte
The Red Tower, Giorgio de Chirico