Art Lesson - Chagall Inspired Surrealistic Drawing

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\Art meets informational text with this drawing activity in which students use whimsical contour drawings in a variety of orientations to create a surrealistic composition in the style of artist Marc Chagall.

The lesson is introduced with a “looking at art” session that asks students to observe, identify, and discuss the details in Chagall’s art with a focus on subject matter arrangement and the use of line, color, shape, and space. After discussing Chagall’s work, students create their own surrealistic drawings.

Extend the activity by having students read about Chagall and respond to informational text, and also by having them write about their art work.

Chagall-inspired Drawing includes the following:

- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for the art activity itself
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- suggestions for writing about art
- photographs of student work for reference
- photographs of lesson charts for reference

Also included:
-Informational text / reading/response printables:
• About Marc Chagall - informational text artist biography
• Thinking about Marc Chagall - a “draw and write” response worksheet

My comprehensive lessons are designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis; and to foster authentic art-making and art education.

Because I teach in California, this lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.

********** PLEASE NOTE *********
Chagall-inspired Drawing is bundled
with two other lessons in Abstract Art for Kids - Inspired by Chagall, Kandinsky, and Matisse

Related artist-inspired art lessons:
Whimsical People - inspired by Keith Haring
Mona Lisa-inspired Self-Portrait

More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:

Art Task Cards - self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Start With Art - five exploratory Art lessons with focus on elements of art
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle - five integrated Art lessons
Artist Biographies for Kids - informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE - learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion

Free Art resources:
Making Time For Art -- suggestions and ideas for integrating art in the classroom
Looking at Art with Kids - using well-known art works to supplement the curriculum


I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids and Share2Learn lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.

Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids, for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.

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