UNIT 1

Visions of the Impossible

Exploring Dreams & Imagination 

Lesson 2

Learning Activity 1

Another famous Surrealist is Rene Magritte. Look at the artwork below and let's imagine and talk about the scenes before or after this image.

Golcanda (1953)

Rene Magritte

Learning Activity 2

Watch the video to learn more about the techniques that Magritte uses to create his Surreal paintings. 

In your opinion, which technique is the best? What makes you say that?

Magritte often challenged preconceived notions of reality in his paintings by placing unrelated object together in usual contexts. Let's recap some the techniques. 

1) Proportion:

    Making things much bigger/smaller than it is in reality

 

2) Juxtaposition:

     Combine different objects to make a new weird one

 

3) Element of Surprise / Shock :

     Putting objects in unexpected places

 

4) Repetition:

     Creating multiples of the same object.

 

5) Fragmentation:

     Dividing objects into different parts.

Let's look at the images in the video again and try to identify the techniques used in the artworks.

Art Challenge

Task 1

(10 minutes)

 

Create 12 different combinations using the formula below.

( an animal ) on  ( an object ) in ( a place ) 

Task 2

(15 minutes)

 

Select 1 combination and draw it out using any of the following techniques: 

 

Techniques:

1) Proportion:

    Making things much bigger/smaller than it is in reality

 

2) Juxtaposition:

     Combine different objects to make a new weird one

 

3) Element of Surprise / Shock :

     Putting objects in unexpected places

 

4) Repetition:

     Creating multiples of the same object.

 

5) Fragmentation:

     Dividing objects into different parts.