Salvador Dali and the Surrealists: Their Lives and Ideas with 21 Activities

Salvador Dali and the Surrealists: Their Lives and Ideas with 21 Activities

by Michael Elsohn Ross
     
 

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The bizarre and often humorous creations of René Magritte, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, and other surrealists are showcased in this activity guide for young artists. Foremost among the surrealists, Salvador Dalí was a painter, filmmaker, designer, performance artist, and eccentric self-promoter. His famous icons, including the melting watches,

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Overview

The bizarre and often humorous creations of René Magritte, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, and other surrealists are showcased in this activity guide for young artists. Foremost among the surrealists, Salvador Dalí was a painter, filmmaker, designer, performance artist, and eccentric self-promoter. His famous icons, including the melting watches, double images, and everyday objects set in odd contexts, helped to define the way people view reality and encourage children to view the world in new ways. Dalí’s controversial life is explored while children trace the roots of some familiar modern images. These wild and wonderful activities include making Man Ray–inspired solar prints, filming a Dali-esque dreamscape video, writing surrealist poetry, making collages, and assembling art with found objects.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"For years I have waited for an appropriate book to recommend to students and teachers that communicates Dalí’s truly remarkable life and ideas without compromising his complexity in its presentation. . . . I am thrilled to recommend Michael Ross’s wonderful new book on Salvador Dalí."  —Peter Tush, curator of education, Salvador Dalí Museum (from the foreword)
Circulation
The book encourages students to engage with Surrealism.
Nashville Parent
A wonderful reading experience for families.
Publishers Weekly
Salvador Dali and the Surrealists: Their Lives and Ideas by Michael Elsohn Ross explores the life and artistic development of Salvador Dali and the people and events that influenced the surrealists. Various activities encourage kids to experiment with surrealist art by making inkblots, solar prints similar to Man Ray's, and "exquisite corpse" drawings, in which a group of artists each add something to a single drawing. Includes reproductions of famous paintings by Dali , Magritte, Oppenheim and others, historical photos, glossary and a list of museums and Web sites featuring surrealist works. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Surrealism is inspired by subconscious thought and sexuality. To understand the art, a reader must understand the twentieth-century symbols that crept into dreams. Ross uses sidebars, quotations, and a glossary to build a timeline and layer historical context. Biographies of social pioneers like Freud and Harpo Marx and summaries of political and artistic movements thoroughly document a complicated period. It is a vivid backdrop for a self-absorbed life. Dali is as surreal as his work. His capacity for change and political opportunism ensure success in a post-Dada art world of "nothing and everything." The paintings are haunting. His behavior is bizarre as he befriends and eventually alienates great thinkers like Pablo Picasso and Andr� Breton. Twenty-one easy activities include automatic writing and free association to get the subconscious flowing. The greatest inspiration is Dali himself. In this satisfying reference book on art and self-promotion, image is everything. Consult it often. 2003, Chicago Review Press,
— Tina Dybvik
KLIATT
Salvador Dali was one of the most influential surrealist artists. Ross helps his readers understand the life and beliefs of Dali and other influential people of his time (Sigmund Freud, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Man Ray, Ren� Magritte, Frida Kahlo, Marcel Duchamp). He also provides information about the Dada movement, cubism, fascism, communism, pop art, and expressionism. The 21 activities help to explain surrealist ideas and techniques. Most of the activities require few supplies (paper and pencil, pen, or paints). Photographs and paintings help the reader become more familiar with Dali and the other surrealist painters. The extensive timeline, as well as the glossary, featured art museum and Web site list, and bibliography make this activity book a great resource. KLIATT Codes: P—Recommended. 2003, Chicago Review Press, 132p. illus. bibliog. index., Ages adult.
—Jennifer Baldwin
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-This visually stunning work enhances the body of material on the artist and his contemporaries. Eminently readable, the crisply written text is detailed and thorough, including pronunciations of many place and personal names. Dal 's life is presented familiarly, drawing in many details of life as an artist during that period in Europe and the relationships among the surrealists. No actual dialogue is included, but conclusions are drawn about Dali's thoughts from historical evidence. Sidebars cover other artists (Miro Eluard, Picasso), styles (Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art), and elements of history (the Spanish Civil War, Fascism and Franco, Communism). The attractive layout includes numerous excellent-quality reproductions of the work of Dali and many of the other artists mentioned in the text, and period photographs. Of particular interest here are the 21 activities that will engage budding artists and encourage them to think and to look at familiar objects in a different way. Requiring no unusual supplies, they might be used by classroom teachers as well. There are rich potentials for jumps from here to history and the "'20s in Europe" art era. A valuable addition to any collection.-Cris Riedel, Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School, Dansville, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556524790
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
For Kids Series
Edition description:
First Edition / Ages 10 & up
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
936,152
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Elsohn Ross is a science educator and the author of more than 35 children’s books including Sandbox Scientist, The Happy Camper Handbook, and Wormology, from the bestselling Backyard Buddies series. He lives in El Portal, California. Peter Tush is the curator of education at the Salvador Dalí Museum. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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