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Friday, March 11, 2011

Salvador Dali Elephants and Surrealistic Creatures

This week we have been studying about Salvador Dali. I was inspired by the beautiful elephant projects done by Mary at

and she got the ideas from these awesome blogs below!!

We started by watching this great video about Salvador Dali

and I showed them how to draw the elephant in these 6 simple steps! We talked about the Indian elephants and how they are adorned with fine linens and jewels! We talked about the endangered elephants species.


We used washable markers and then painted them with water! We made shadows behind their feet and then they had to draw a horizon line and create a background with chalk pastel

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Then we added fabric


and jewels!!


They were allowed to use drawing books and create other surreal creatures as well! I will post more when they are finished!



  1. These are amazing! I have been doing a Dali unit with my younger students myself. Have you read "Dali and the Path of Dreams"? An amazing book about Dali!

  2. I second that! These are amazing! I adore them!!!! :)

  3. Lol: GMTA!

    I was thinking of the same exercise for my kids when I saw the elephants on the other blogs! If I hadn't been on maternity leave I would have beat you to it! Love the results!

    Ilse at

  4. Thanks for posting these - I love them and will use this idea later this year when my students will be studying Dali!

  5. Would love to see more of this if anyone has anything to post. My kids did some today but I have since started questioning the shadow directions. Love, love the idea!


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