Salvador Dali was no ordinary person, & his art proves it! Teach kids to think outside the box with these 10 Surrealist Salvador Dali Art Projects for Kids.
“Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being Salvador Dali.” – Salvador Dali
When you read that quote, what comes to mind? You probably think of a man who thinks a great deal of himself, is supremely confident in his abilities and is perhaps, a little eccentric. Well, you are spot on! While these alone don’t describe the immensely interesting personality that was Salvador Dali, it does describe elements of his character and the fact that he was a force to reckon with in the art world. That’s Salvador Dali for you – immensely talented surrealist artist and complete showman!
Salvador Dali was involved in a huge variety of art forms, but surrealism is considered his true forte. Ironically though, he was kicked out of the group of Surrealists in the 1930s, to which he haughtily responded: “I myself am surrealism”. Surrealist art depicts various unrelated elements put together in any order, depending upon the artist’s view. You’ve probably come across one of the most iconic pieces of surrealist art which shows ‘melting watches’ – Dali’s most famous work, ‘The Persistence of Memory’.
Dali’s work wasn’t just an assortment of random objects – they often had deep religious and political underlying themes. He was also drawn to mathematics and quantum physics and many pieces of his work reflect this fascination as well. But most of all, Dali’s work had no boundaries – it conformed to nothing and could be anything.
That is why Dali is a great inspiration for young kids, especially the ones who want to color outside the lines! Teach them more about this colorful artist and personality with these 10 Salvador Dali Art Projects for Kids.
10 Surrealist Salvador Dali Art Projects for Kids
Dali’s appearance was often an art performance in itself and his mustaches were the talk of the town! They were flamboyant, and were seen in a variety of shapes and sizes, sometimes even decorated with flowers. Use Your Colored Pencils has this absolutely fun project to make Dali portraits with black pipe cleaners as mustaches. Twist and turn to your heart’s desire!
Dali enjoyed painting elephants and his painting, ‘The Elephants’, is among the most popular of his works. The painting features regular sized elephants on extremely long, spindly legs, completely disproportionate to its size! Well, that’s Dali! Plateau Art Studio has a lovely take on this painting, with a collage made with crumpled paper fabric and other materials. Adding kids’ photos inside makes it truly personal art!
There is no doubt that the painting of the ‘melting clocks’ is Dali’s most iconic. Did you know that it was inspired by a piece of Camembert cheese melting in the sun? The Pinterested Parent has a very simple but impressive craft where you can recreate Dali’s iconic clock. Try creating a full set, just like in the painting!
How would you like to ask Dali a question? Or play a game of elimination with various works of Dali’s art? Now you can do all that and more with some cool Dali-inspired games! Artsology has a good collection of art and artist-inspired games that’ll keep both kids and adults busy!
This book by Anna Obiols was released on the centenary of Dali’s birth, and brings together Dali’s iconic paintings in a lovely, dream-like sequence. Little Salvi has many adventures where he witnesses strange things like long legged elephants, a key under the water and clocks being tossed like pizzas! A great read for kids of all ages.
The very spirit of surrealism lies in the seemingly odd combination of unrelated elements, put together in what looks like a haphazard fashion. Due to this, Dali’s work often had dream-like sequences, and he even described his paintings as ‘dream photographs’. Raising Arizona Kids has an easy way for kids to create their own surrealistic art work, by making a collage of anything they want. This is a great exercise to see the directions their brains go and you’ll end up with some absolutely original works of art!
This is one of the easiest costumes to try for a Halloween party or an art-themed costume party! Dali had a very distinctive style of dressing, and of course, the mustache is really all you need! A simple suit, slicked-back hair and a walking stick will complete this costume in no time!
Dali wasn’t just a painter; he also wrote, sculpted and designed sets for movies, plays and even shop windows! Channel this trait of Dali’s into these clay sculptures by One Artsy Mama, based on his long legged elephants. let the kids make any creature of their choice and try to make them stand upright with toothpicks as legs. You can make it more challenging for the older kids by including joints in the legs.
Once you look through a few paintings of Dali, you know that he used a vast array of components in his work. This project from Se7en tries to do the same, with kitchen utensils! Hand the kids some common utensils and let them create their own pictures. Color, cut and arrange in a Dali-inspired melting display. A great example how the commonest objects can turn into one-of-a-kind art!
10. Coloring Pages
Coloring pages are often the best way to introduce kids to the work of a certain artist. Super coloring has coloring pages based on many of Dali’s art pieces. The best part is that like Dali, your child can think outside the box and add his or her own elements to the pictures. They can float, sit, stand or roll – there are no limits!
From placing a lobster on a telephone to crashing a bath tub through a glass window, Dali was by no means conformist. But it’s just that element of eccentricity that makes his art so evergreen – it’s not something you easily bore of! He did do some traditional art as well, but though they appeared simple, they were still heavy with meaning in their depth. These Salvador Dali art projects for kids should help them get a small glimpse into the mind of this artist, the man who melted time!