I saw this idea on the art cart blog and thought I would try it with my grade 2 kiddos. We started the lesson with a lively discussion about dreams and everyone had something interesting to share. Kids certainly love to talk about their dreams!
Next we looked at a few Chagall dream paintings that you can easily find on google images and we talked about the clues they could see that made the painting look like a dream, etc. A great word to introduce at this point is surrealism.
I gave out large white paper and the students drew buildings and trees on the bottom of their paper and themselves flying horizontally on the top section. They could either fly with someone or a favorite toy which they needed to hold. The sun or moon could also have a face. They colored in with oil pastels and painted the background with watered down paint. They also added salt to their wet paint to give their background a nice effect.
I loved how these pictures turned out and the students were very pleased too. See how beautiful they are?
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Yay! These look fabulous!
Omar’s dream looks wonderful. I’m sure the children were all very proud of their work!
Great work! As a new homeschooling Mom this was helpful for a few art ideas! Thanks!
As a fellow art teacher, I am inspired to try some “Chagall dreams” also
I am currently student teaching to become an art teacher and love this idea. Chagall is one of my favorite artists! I was wondering how you went about having the students create their dream scenes? Did they discuss what they might see in a dream? Did you limit what types of things they could include? I would love to know more about this lesson! Thanks!
Very good idea
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