Topic 5 Year 8 Art & Design 

Art & Design 
Topic  Surrealism
No of lessons  7
When is it happening  Term 3 Year 8
What will students learn? Students will study the Surrealist art movement, particularly the work of Salvador Dali and  Marc Chagall. Students will understand how philosophy, politics, religion and literacy influenced Surrealist artists (referring to dreams, automatism, dislocation, juxtaposition, transformation in creating art pieces that shock or surprise) Students will study one point perspective in setting a scene including a building(s) which their Surreal world will be set. Students will build on past mixed media techniques by adding collage to paint wash and coloured pencils. Students will study tone to show depth and contrast in the surreal scene, Students will study colour theory and symbolism. Students will respond to Marc Chagall's stained class windows.
Key Knowledge that students should know at the end of 'Topic' This is the knowledge that students will meet for the first time in this topic  Students will know the main concepts of the Surrealist art movement and Surrealist artists commentary on philosophy, politics, religion and literacy of the time. Students will understand the importance of the unconscious mind when creating art works, with particular relevance to the dream process .
This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding  Students will have knowledge of several art movements and will have an understanding of the art movement periodic timeline and what was happening in history during these movements.  Understanding and using key Surrealist words such as unconscious,  disorderly,  automatism, dislocation, juxtaposition, and transformation. The work of the Surrealist artist's Salvador Dali and Marc Chagall.
Key Skills that students should be able to demonstrate at the end of 'Topic' This is the skills  that students will meet for the first time in this topic Students will show depth within their surreal landscape using tone within colour using paint blending, coloured pencil blending referring to the colour wheel, as well as understanding colour symbolism. Students will compose their own surrealist image considering shape size. Students will develop mixed media techniques layering paint wash coloured pencils and collage.
This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop  Creating a landscape scene including a building using one point perspective. Working from imagination or dream memories using automatism drawing/ writing whatever comes to mind. Manipulating imagery of figures, animals and objects in a surreal way demonstrating dislocation, juxtaposition and  transformation. The ability to demonstrate links to stained glass processes in fragmenting shapes.
Key vocabulary that students should know and understand

Surrealism, Unconscious, Dislocation, Juxtaposition, Transformation, One Point Perspective, Symbolism, Colour to express mood.

The Big Question  What is Surrealism and how can I create a Surrealist image?


 Key questions that students should be able to answer at the end of the 'Topic'

How to create a landscape scene (including a building) using one point perspective.
How to employ automatism techniques when creating a surreal image working from memory, dreams and the free unconscious state.
How can I work in the style of Salvador Dali demonstrating juxtaposition and transformation.
How can I work in the style of Marc Chagall demonstrating the dislocation  of figures, animals and buildings.
How to layer materials using mixed media techniques realising how formal elements impact on the surreal scene.