Create a Surrealistic Collage Activity

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Updated on Sep 8, 2010

Surrealism was a movement of art during the 1920’s celebrating the imagination with unique dream-like works of art. Salvador Dali is considered the most famous surrealist, with his bizarre and striking paintings. In this activity, kids collect images from old magazines to make their own surrealistic collages. They boost fine motor skills as they cut, and they tap into their creativity as they paste the images together to form a unique piece of artwork.

What You Need:

  • Old magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Construction paper

What You Do:

  1. Start by learning more about Salvador Dali through looking at examples of his artwork online or in an art book. One of his most famous artworks is The Persistence of Memory. He used a lot of juxtaposition, combining objects that would usually not be seen together.
  2. When your child's ready to start on his own artwork, have him search through old magazines to find a background for his surrealistic creation. A full-page image works best.
  3. Once he's selected a background, he can cut it out and paste it on a piece of construction paper.
  4. Next, encourage him to think creatively and find other images to go in his surrealistic juxtaposition. The fun thing about this kind of artwork is that the picture doesn't need to make sense!
  5. As he finds pictures he wants to use, have him carefully cut them out, keeping as close to the edges as he can.
  6. Have him arrange the pictures as he cuts them, and when he's satisfied with the design, he can glue the images in place.

Encourage him to come up with a creative title for his artwork and display it somewhere for the whole family to enjoy!

Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.

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