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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dali's Stache

The 'Stache is Back!

Salvador Dali's stache has returned and is as popular as ever!  I've taught this lesson for a few years now and I don't think it's one that I'll stop teaching any time soon.  The kids absolutely LOVE this one.  I even let them wear fake mustache glasses.  We draw relatively realistic faces with surreal backgrounds and I ask them to keep that in mind while painting with their watercolors.  We finish by adding a crazy mustache (pipe cleaner) at the end.  And it never fails to give outstanding results--all while learning a little art history!  My full lesson is better described in this post here.  

This Year's Stache Gallery:
Salvador Dali's Mustache 4th Grade Art Lesson
Since all students work at a different pace, some of them weren't ready for their mustache when I glued them on.  In that case, I encouraged them to stick them straight up until they were finished painting--just to keep it out of the way

Salvador Dali's Mustache 4th Grade Art Lesson
Notice the various surreal backgrounds--wavy pencils and crayons, dancing grapes and misc foods and melting bananas!

Salvador Dali's Mustache 4th Grade Art Lesson
Those long legged peacocks were inspired by Dali's Elephants and the melting sports equipment by The Persistence of Memory 

Salvador Dali's Mustache 4th Grade Art Lesson

Salvador Dali's Mustache 4th Grade Art Lesson

Salvador Dali's Mustache 4th Grade Art Lesson

Salvador Dali's Mustache 4th Grade Art Lesson

Salvador Dali's Mustache 4th Grade Art Lesson
I'm pretty sure this is a painting of me...but as a blonde.  First, the student asked me "Can I put paint on her face?  My person is an art teacher." and after noting how much I love dinosaurs, her background suddenly had surreal dinosaurs in the background and not to mention that I always wear my hair on the top of my head in a messy bun.  Love that I could offer a little inspiration (or at least think that I did)

Salvador Dali's Mustache 4th Grade Art Lesson
This student used her mustache to spell out her name!

Salvador Dali's Mustache 4th Grade Art Lesson
This one might as well be a portrait of Salvador Dali himself!

If the students finished early--I encouraged them to be inspired by surrealism and its dreamlike qualities with real items and asked that they invent a new animal or object by combining 3 or more animals and/or objects.  I also encourage them to give their new creature a name...ever met an elepenguicornelope?  (It's made from an elephant, penguin, unicorn and antelope)

More stache pics from other years
http://missartypants.blogspot.com/2016/01/salvador-dali-portraits.html