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Grades 3-5
Lesson: Dali Dreams

The teacher reads to students the story, “Dali and the Path of Dreams” by Anna Obilis. A discussion is prompted about the historical background of Salvador Dali’s impact on the Surrealist movement, as well as his inspiration to create paintings about his dreams. Students discuss how dreams sometimes seem unreal and fantastical, which is why they were an interesting motivational tool the Surrealists used for creating artworks. Students then create their own drawings of their dreams using colored pencils and markers. They then have the opportunity to present their dream via a group critique. [Elements: Line, Color, Form, Story (Narrative) Discipline: Drawing Artist: Salvador Dali]

• Students critically respond to recurring images in Dali’s dreams as they are illustrated in the story about Dali as a child, as well as through Dali’s paintings. (Standard 3)
• Students will actively engage in the process of creating drawings about a story in their dreams/ daydreams. (Standard 1)
• Students will utilize colored pencils and markers to create variation in texture and color. (Standard 2)
• Students will develop an understanding of how detail in line and color affect how an image is interpreted. (Standard 4)