sur·re·al·ism  noun  /səˈrēəˌlizəm/

a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature which sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example, by the irrational juxtaposition of images.
Let’s take a look at a fun video explaining what surrealism is. Opens in new tab
Now, let’s take a look at where surrealism originated.

Surrealist artists you should recognize (at least by name):

  • Anton Breton
  • Salvadore Dali
  • Toyen
  • Rene Magritte
  • Jackson Pollock

Finally, let’s enjoy a Disney and Dali collaborative project.


Read ALL parts of the assignment before beginning.

Part 1:

  • Sketch and watercolor 3 surrealist style concepts. Be sure to write your name on them somewhere in PENCIL.

Part 2:

  • Using the 3 concepts, combine them into one LARGER watercolor painting.

Part 3:

  • Write an Artist Reflection on your painting which includes:
    • Title
    • Brief description of why you selected this topic
    • A paragraph consisting of no less than five sentences about what your surrealist painting means. If your painting is so simple that five sentences is too hard, then consider your painting to be too simplistic. Make your painting have some deeper meaning.
    • Describe which Elements of Art are present in this painting.
    • Mistakes are part of learning. What mistakes did you make on this painting?


  • All paintings must have a white/unpainted border created by the tape holding it down to the watercolor board.
  • Pencil marks may be left only if they are very light. Erasing pencil marks is encouraged but not required.
  • No more than 25% of the entire paper may be unpainted.
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