We spent the first part of summer school talking all about Surrealism and dreams. We watched a Brain Pop Video on Surrealism, read about Surrealism, Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali in this Scholastic Arts magazine. After we had learned all about surrealism and how it can relate to dreams, students were given this prompt to write about "What's the strangest dream you have ever had?" After spending some time writing students created a self-portrait with their surreal dream serving as the background. Students spent a lot of time translating their words to imagery, mixing colors, and using new watercolor techniques. The inspiration for this lesson came from here. I was in awe of the work these students did and wanted to at least try out a portion of this lesson.
Student's who finished early came up with a title for their artwork that correlated between their dream and painting.