“What is real and what is not? We’ll share Michael Garland’s book Dinner at Magritte’s and then explore the art of Surrealism.” Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Display for browsing as kids arrive: books on Surrealism, Magritte, Dali, plus general art picture books & Greg Tang’s Math-terpieces: the Art of Problem-Solving (Picture Book Tang), Imagine a Day, Imagine a Night, Imagine a Place (all Picture Book Gonsalves)
Read: Changes (Picture Book Browne)
Share nonsense/surreal poem:
One fine day in the middle of the night
Two dead boys got up to fight
Back to back they faced each other
Drew their swords and shot each other
A deaf policeman heard the noise
Came up and shot those two dead boys
If you don’t believe this tale is true
Ask the blind man, he saw it too!
Read: Magritte’s Marvelous Hat (Picture Book Johnson)
Read: Dinner at Magritte’s (Picture Book Garland)
Share pages from Now You See It—Now You Don’t: Rene Magritte (J759.9493 WEN) & The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Salvadore Dali (J759.6 WEN), The Art Book for Children v. 2 p.40 “Camembert clocks (J709 REN)
Craft: Show pages 8-10, 14-17 from Imagine That! Activities and Adventures in Surrealism (J709.04 RAI) to inspire kids to create Surrealist collages using pictures cut from magazines and markers to create pictures in the style of Magritte & Dali (dream-scapes, things out of scale, day/night transposition, faces made of other things, melting clocks, etc.…) Supplies: 11 x 17 paper, markers, scissors, glue, magazines & wallpaper scraps.
Music playing while making pictures: “Hey Picasso” album by Jessica Harper.
Dali & the Surrealists (J759.6 ROS) Salvador