Surreal Drawings


Unleash your imagination and let your creativity flow! Create a surrealist drawing and capture a dream using Crayola® Color Sticks.


1. Surrealism was an art movement in the 1920s that created art based on the unconscious mind, like something in a dream. The composition contains objects that look real but have odd elements.

2. Take a look at the work of some notable surrealist artists like Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, and Frida Khalo. Use your imagination to create your own surreal composition.

3. Create a surreal drawing using Crayola Color Sticks. Use different techniques while coloring like pressure variation to lighten and darken colors; cross-hatching with closely spaced lines; and layering colors to create different hues. Color Sticks are also great for broad strokes, shadows and highlights.

4. When your surreal drawing is complete, finish it by mounting it onto another piece of construction paper in a contrasting color. Attach the drawing to the construction paper with a Crayola Glue Stick.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Students explore surrealist writing. Students write an imaginative sentence or paragraph and illustrate it with a surreal drawing.
  • Students compare and contrast two paintings from different surreal artists.
  • Students create a surreal collage using cut out magazine and newspaper clippings.
  • Assessment: Students create a surreal drawing. Students use art techniques like pressure variation, cross-hatching and color layering in their artwork.

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

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crayola supplies
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
  • Color Sticks™ Colored Pencils



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students research and understand the concept of surrealist art.

  • Students recognize and identify artwork from notable surrealist artists like Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, and Frida Khalo.

  • Students explain their surreal design to the class.


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