Surrealism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is behind the artistic style of Surrealism? Using an engaging and informative video lesson, your students will be able to answer this question with their own creations.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the art movement of Surrealism
  • create a collage using the principles of Surrealism


1 hour


  • Assorted examples of works of art featuring Surrealism
  • Heavy paper
  • Assorted magazine and newspapers
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Curriculum Standards


Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.


  • Display the examples of Surrealism for the class.
  • Have each student write down two words to describe each one of the pieces.
  • When all students have their descriptive words, have them share them with the class. Discuss each work and the students' words for each.
  • Play the video lesson What is Surrealism? - Definition, Art & Characteristics, pausing at 1:56.
  • Revisit the images on display in the classroom in light of the information provided in the video lesson.
    • Can the students spot any of the elements and themes presented in the video lesson?
    • How do these reflect the movement of Surrealism?
  • Play the rest of the video lesson. Discuss:
    • Who is the most well-known artist of Surrealism and why?
    • Is Surrealism still popular among artists of today?

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