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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