Realism and fantasy are the focus of this art observation activity that integrates Art with Language Arts and addresses visual literacy skills.
In fiction, realism and fantasy are created with words that create images. In art, realism and fantasy are created with the images themselves. In this activity, students look at Surrealistic art with an eye toward delineating what can be and what cannot be.
This lesson supports the National Core Visual Arts Standards and is bundled with similar lessons in Learn Language Arts Strategies With Art - BUNDLE
This lesson includes
- suggested art works especially suited to distinguishing between realism and fantasy
- summary of the general procedure
- list of materials needed and preparation required
- step-by-step directions for looking at art
- suggested questions for art observation
- suggestions for extending the lesson with art and reading
- list of related resources to enhance the lesson
- a student response worksheet that can be used for identifying realism and fantasy
This comprehensive lesson is designed to address language arts skills along with art appreciation and art analysis. Extensions can expand the lesson into art technique and art history.
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This lesson is one in a series
in which students are engaged in art observation activities that focus on specific skills including compare and contrast, fact and opinion, main idea and details, making generalizations, making inferences, vocabulary learning strategies, and more.
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Learn Language Arts Strategies With Art - BUNDLE
Related resources to use with this activity:
Artist Biographies Volume One
and Artist Biographies Volume Two
are selections of one-page artist biographies with accompanying ‘draw and write’ student response worksheets.
Looking at Art with Kids
a free resource with additional ideas and suggestions for using art observations across the curriculum.
Related art lessons to use for extending this lesson:
Chagall-Inspired Surrealistic Drawing
Picasso-Inspired Abstract Face Drawing
For more art-integration ideas and suggestions, download my free resource:
Making Time For Art
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