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Surrealism and the work of Salvador Dali


Week beginning 1st June


In art this half term we are going to be exploring the work of the surrealists and in particular, focus on the artwork and style of Salvador Dali. This week I would like you to read about Dali and choose one of the paintings of Salvador Dali from the second presentation file. Using this artwork complete a critique of the piece by using the questions on the sheet.

Week beginning 8th June


This week we are going to try drawing an elephant in the style of Salvador Dali. He often used elephants and they usually had elongated legs. We are going to use the following tutorial to see if we can create our own Dali elephants.

Salvador Dali Drawing Lesson

Elephants were a recurring image in Salvador Dali's paintings. In this drawing lesson you will learn how to draw a Salvador Dali inspired elephant. Salvador ...


Week beginning 15th June


This week we are going to follow another tutorial showing the surrealist style of Salvador Dali. You can make the butterflies out of different materials turning your artwork into a collage. Have fun!

Salvador Dali - Art project

Salvador Dali was a prominent surrealist painter from Spain. In this video you will learn how to create a drawing inspired by Dali's Sailboat with Butterfly ...

Week beginning 29th June


This week I would like you to get creative and design your own Dali inspired surrealist pictures!

Try to think of an everyday object and give it a surreal property such as a melting clock.

Try to think of an animal and give it a surreal feature such as the elephants on long spider legs!

Try to think of a message you want to present. 

The following images show you some successful pieces of work - hopefully they will help inspire you! 







Week beginning 6th July


This week we are looking at the work of another surrealist:  Rene Magritte.

Magritte studied at art school in Brussels, Belgium and took various jobs to earn money, including designing wallpaper and fashion adverts.

The sorts of things Magritte painted included:

  • Familiar objects – such as pipes, apples, eggs, birds, clocks or candles
  • Men in suits and bowler hats
  • Blue skies with clouds and views of the sea
  • Windows and doors, picture frames and mirrors
  • Pictures of artists, easels or paints

So his artwork doesn't sound too strange...but where were these objects placed in his artwork? That's when it all gets a bit interesting!


Task 1:  Pick an everyday item in your room and place it in an unusual setting. For example, a rubber duck from your bathroom in a tree in your garden. Imagine walking past a tree on your walk home from school and seeing a rubber duck in it- how odd would that be!


Task 2: Look at the following piece of art by Rene Magritte


The Reckless Sleeper 1928


In it the person is asleep and within the silhouette of his head are disjointed images of the things he is dreaming about.
Take a selfie from the side to draw your profile (or if you have a piece of paper large enough draw around your side profile) Now try drawing yourself asleep with everyday objects in your profiled head!

Week beginning 13th July


This week we are building a special piece of art based on the work of artist Chuck Close. If you are at home you can do this yourself but it will take much longer! The idea is that we create a mosaic of a portrait of Salvador Dali through lots of different sections. You need to follow the instructions carefully - especially about when to colour in light colours and when in dark.


Follow the link to show you how to do the artwork. This may take some time to do properly!


The original template file is below.


Week beginning 11th May 


This week, we would like you to research a WW2 artist of your choice. Think about why you like this artist and their style. Then try to recreate your own version of one of their pieces of art. Or do one of your own pieces thinking about their influences. 


You could choose one of the following for inspiration:


Paul Nash

Albert Richards

Charles Cundall

Evelyn Dunbar

Week beginning 4th May


The following art activities are all related to V.E Day. There are union jacks and bunting to colour. If you are feeling more creative you can design your own commemorative teacup or design your own VE Day poster. Could you incorporate some of the designs from the propaganda posters?




Week beginning 27th April - WW2 Art


A significant amount of artwork produced during world war 2 focused on propaganda. In class we would have had a discussion considering what propaganda is. I would like you to look up the word and think carefully bout the following questions

1.) Why would countries want propaganda during a war?

2.) Why do you think posters produced by Britain featured Hitler in a comic form? What were they trying to achieve? 

3.) what do you think were the most important messages the government would want to convey?

4.) What do you think propaganda posters would look like in Germany?

Once you have viewed the PowerPoint about propaganda I would like you to create your own propaganda poster for World War 2. Think about what message you would like to convey. Here are some classic examples.





Feeling creative? Why not use the ideas in these posters to create your own propaganda posters for Britain fighting a Covid 19 war? What would you put on these posters? 



Spring Term work


Anyone feeling creative? Tate gallery has a fantastic site full of art projects, games and online tools. You can even create your own masterpiece! If anyone can do a better art piece than mine (not hard I think? ) then email it to me and I'll put it up!


We're sure you will want to do some other creative activities during this time, so here are some that we have gathered together for you to try. We  will add some more as the weeks go on.  To begin with, remind yourself of the work of Henry Moore and see if you can draw your own shelter drawings in his style. If you have watercolours and wax crayons, try using these materials to develop a similar finish. This is what we would have been doing in school.


For those of you that wish to develop your art further, try comparing Henry Moore to a totally different artist and style. Read the two PowerPoints on surrealism and in particular the work of Salvador Dali and then have a go at drawing your own dream sequence in the style of Dali or one of the other artists from this movement. 

Henry Moore Shelter Drawings

Moore in Focus: Shelter Drawings (1940-43) Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

An short video discussing Henry Moore's shelter drawings.

Mindfulness colouring for some some downtime