AP Studio Art students learned about the Surrealist art movement for the beginning of Unit 2. They explored the different artists of this movement and the various components that make up Surrealism. They learned about artists like Dali, Magritte, Frida and Remedios Varo. Students investigated the motives behind their work and how all of the artists utilized art as a form of expression and storytelling of their own lives.
Students investigated a variety of surrealist portraits and reflected on how the artists placed meaning in their work through different imagery and colors. They discussed together as a class how certain visual cues were used as allegory in many of these works.
The students were then given the challenge to create a surrealist portrait of their own. They were to create an artwork based on the prompt “Who I am vs. Who I want to be”. The students had to create an artwork that had meaning as well as different components of surrealism embedded in their work.
Creativity at Its Finest
The seniors in AP Studio Art began by creating various sketches that would help them brainstorm what their artwork would look like. The students began by reflecting their own lives and how this can be portrayed in art. They discussed ideas with their peers as to how they could include hidden meanings in their work and how to challenge themselves in the actual artmaking. Some students chose to utilize oil paints for the first time while other students who tend to focus on painting decided to attempt drawing. The students are all becoming risk-takers in art by creating meaning behind their work and trying out new mediums they have never tried before.
AP Seniors are currently still creating their works of art. They are not only reflecting on their meaning but also on the Surrealist components. Students will be doing in-progress critiques to give and receive meaningful feedback and then make sure to implement their constructive criticism into their own art.