Dates: 1924 - 1966
Notable Artists: Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Rene
• element of surprise and unexpected juxtapositions
• expose psychological truth by stripping ordinary
objects of their normal significance
images that were
“The Elephant Celebes”, Max Ernst, 1921
a combination of the
depictive, the abstract,
and the psychological
“Indefinite Divisibility”, Yves Tanguy, 1942
images were dream-like
“Edward James”, Rene Magritte, 1937
“Swans Reflecting Elephants”, Salvador Dali, 1937
• to study art history
• take influence from art history & show it in
• study and analyze Surrealism paying attention
to style, themes, subject matter, concepts, etc.
• take your simple photographs to a new and
Research Surrealism and complete the following :
Dates Surrealism began/was predominant and ended.
Area of the world Surrealism took place and was founded.
What was happening in history that influenced Surrealism?
What was the philosophy of the artists? Why did they make art
in this style?
List 3 FAMOUS artists from this art movement.
What materials and mediums were used?
What about Surrealism do you find appealing? What do you
4-6 images of work, from the artists listed above, that you like
and could influence your own work. Find images on the Internet,
print them and put them in sketchbook. Each image should
include: the title, the artist’s name, and the year it was created.
Brainstorm ideas and direction for your photo piece in
your sketchbook. Consider subject matter, concepts,
style, composition, and themes.
Generate a list of ideas and photos you could
take to meet this assignment criteria.
You should have at least 3 ideas in your
sketchbook. These should be specific &
Half of your sketchbook grade is your planning
and brainstorming to develop your idea.
What You’ll Do:
Shoot new pictures, a minimum of 40, specifically for
You may use images from previous assignments, but
you should still shoot and use new images.
Create your own final Surrealist piece using your
photos and Photoshop.
Sketchbooks: 50 points
Research on Surrealism, example artworks, your own
specific and detailed ideas
Thursday, January 9th
Contact Sheet (no 2 best): 40 points
Monday, January 13th
Final Surrealism Photo: 100 points
Wednesday, January 15th