Rene Magritte is another surrealist painter (like Dali). Surrealism is a movement that started in the 1920’s. In art, it is exemplified by irrational juxtaposition of images. Magritte liked to use everyday objects like hats and apples, and combine them in mysterious, surprising ways.

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Magritte’s Marvelous Hat was inspired by Rene Magritte’s art. Magritte (portrayed as a dog in the book) buys a hat only to have it blown away by the wind. He ends up chasing it around town and allows us to see the city through his creative eyes. The book has some clear overlays that allow the reader to interact with the surreal effect of the  illustrations. This is a great book to capture the imagination, whether you are a child or not.

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 There’s even a trailer for the book.

Go-Along Art Project:

I found this pin (which leads to this blog post) which imitates Magritte.

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Another, more open ended, surrealist option:

Ask the children to think of some everyday objects they use and then pick at least three to place within their drawing in a surprising, non-conventional way.  This would look more like the pin below (though it is actually a project to go along with Chagall from Art Projects For Kids).

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If you are starting this series in the middle, be sure to check out the landing page to see all the artists in our art history timeline.