When older kids come to my class I notice how they all want to follow some rules when they paint which is perfectly fine but the fact that upsets me is they are afraid to make mistakes and want me to teach them how to do art “the right way”.
That evening they came for a big surprise.
“Who is that?” was the first question.
-It’s an Alien!
-No, it is a strange woman!
-What is a red thing?
-It’s a balloon!
– No! It’s a drum! She’s holding a stick in the other arm… or foot.
-Where are her arms?
-Why does she have only one eye?
As you guessed, the beginning of the class was very loud. I expected Joan Miro’s art to grab my students’ attention immediately.
We proceeded the class by talking about symbols. Why some artists preferred to paint with symbols instead of painting just what they saw. Our guess was that maybe the artist does not want the others to know what he thinks? Everybody has secrets. Or the artist paints his dream. So Surrealism is really like lots of secrets in one painting.
As always when we talk about the artist who gives us inspiration for the class I provide them with a few interesting facts to remember.
Joan Miro was a Spanish painter and a sculptor, and a pioneer of Surrealism. His parents wanted him to be a businessman. Yes, when an artist tries to become something he isn’t, the fun dies. But Miro became an artist instead and his first show was a huge fail. Major! Did he quit? No! He kept on going and now his paintings are shown in famous galleries all over the world and are quite pricey.
The kids thought it was hilarious that a grown man could do such silly paintings and it was absolutely fantastic to realize that freeing yourself from rules in art can be so much fun.
To make the masterpieces we used:
Do not forget to cover the working surface and use paper towels or old rugs during the course of action because the project is messy.
Oh! and turn on some happy music, perfect for the class and upbeat for this time of the year. I found this soundtrack we all enjoyed during the class and now we listen to it very often.
The process takes approximately 45 minutes.
And the results are screaming – I have been silly in my art class and have no regrets!
You can find additional information about Surrealism here:
And Joan Miro:
Have a great class!