This week is special, not only do I get to celebrate my own birthday but also Salvador Dali too! This Spanish artist was born in 1904, even at a young age he would draw and paint. He’s a rebel at heart and would experiment different kinds of art. He was even inspired by Joan Miro, we also did a project based on his work too.
To look at Dali, his most defining feature was his mustache, and stark eyes which was part of his persona and surrealist ideas especially within art.
What does “surrealism” mean?
Let’s break it down to “super” and “real” which meant that it was more than just real. Surrealists believed in the subconscious mind, dreams and random thoughts. Surrealist art is interesting, shocking and sometimes just odd.
- We used a large sketchbook
- Chalk pastels (soft) – red, orange and yellow
- Black felt tip pen
- White paper
- White glue
- Pipe Cleaners
- Hot glue gun
First do a self portrait using the felt tip pen on white paper. Look in the mirror to see your eyes, nose and mouth. Don’t forget to draw your hair. Then cut out the portrait. We did two portraits and a drawing of a dream. Our little ArtyPants had dreamt of a toot, toot monster with little lips – she cracks me up everyday!
Then prepare your background by using the side of the chalk pastel to colour the paper. Start off with red on top, then orange and yellow below. Use some tissue to blend or just your fingers, this is the fun part!
*This could get messy.
Now glue your self portraits onto your background using white glue. Then use the hot glue gun to glue the pipe cleaners for mustaches. Our little ArtyPants has been playing with the mustaches and shaping it into all kinds of shapes. Have fun with it!
Watch the video below and subscribe to ArtyPants Youtube Channel. Happy Birthday Salvador Dali!