I started this project by showing my students Salvador Dali's famous painting, "The Persistence of Memory". Most of my students had already seen the painting featured in a Loony Tunes cartoon. We then read about some of the interesting ways in which Dali gained attention. The time, for example, when he spoke about his art to a group of people while wearing a deep sea diving suit, or when he showed up to an event in a limousine filled with cauliflower. My students especially liked the story about Dali telling people that he could receive messages from outer space through the tips of his mustache! We all made and wore various facial hair features during one art class. The original plan was for each student to make a Dali-style mustache, but the students got creative and we rolled with it.
The collages displayed here are loosely based on surrealism. We focused on creating images that would cause the viewer to stop and wonder what the artist was thinking, and we tried to include combinations of images that are dream-like and seemingly from the subconscious. Mostly the collages are silly and interesting to look at, and the the students thoroughly enjoyed putting them together.
GREAT WORK, EVERYONE!