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So, So Surreal Self-Portraits

Name: Debbi Hom
School: Yung Wing Elementary School P.S. 124
Address: 40 Division Street
City: New York, NY, 11370
Original Project: So, So Surreal Self-Portraits
Author: Meryl Meisler
URL: http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnetnyc/mmeisler/surreal/index.htm

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: I chose to modify the lesson titled “So, So Surreal Self-Portraits”. My lesson reflects ideas that were presented in the previously mentioned lesson and those that were significant to the Surrealist movement. Learning about Surrealism is a great way to ignite students’ imaginations. It opens their eyes to the endless possibilities. For my lesson, I asked students to generate ideas relating to the theme of transformation. In particular, I asked students to think of ways to merge imagery of animals with those of functional tools. Students expressed their ideas through creative and written means.

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  Hone students’ observational skills.
  Explore and stretch their imagination.
  Experiment with various application techniques.

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: Technology was integrated by using the Internet to show students examples of Surrealist works. Web sites used included: www.artlex.com/ArtLex/s/surrealism.html www.artchive.com/artchive/surrealism.html en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrealism

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: Students were assessed by teacher observations and by a class art critique. During the critique students discussed and compared the similarities and differences between each other’s work. The students were assessed through the quality of their work and use of imagination.

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: Ms. Hom has an MA in Art Education from Teachers College and a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design. She has teaching experience in both private and public sectors. This is her fourth year teaching art at P.S. 124. She is thrilled that each day she has the opportunity to share her passion for art with such creative young minds.

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: I would suggest for teachers to collect and store the items that were used for the observational element in order to insure that they are available in the classroom. Students would then be able to refer back to them during the course of the lesson.

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