SchoolArts Magazine

February 2016

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 17 M I D D L E S C H O O L M iddle-school stu- dents are often their own worst critics. Many of them begin to feel that they are no longer creative. They may become afraid of making mistakes. They may compare themselves to other students in class who they believe have bet- ter artistic skills. I love the challenge of sparking those students' creativity with an engaging, meaningful proj- ect that they feel they can accomplish successfully. To this end, I love teach- ing students about the art movement of Surrealism that began in the 1920s and the amazing artists and art found within its spectrum. The Surrealists sought to free the imagination by accessing the unconscious mind. There are no limits to Surrealism. Anything you can imagine, you can create. An Introduction to Surrealism This was the first time many of my students had seen any Surrealistic art images beyond Salva- dor DalĂ­'s Persistence of Memory. We talked about the word surreal and what it means. We discussed as a group what was happen- ing in the different images we looked at and why they Sherry Milbrath FREETO IMAGINE Alycia Dilworth

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