How does a beautiful blue sky with fluffy white clouds make you feel?
In preparation for next summers renovations I have been cleaning out materials that have been stored in the closet for years, many have been here before I arrived 8 years ago!. The art room receives some interesting donations...I found a roll of blue sky and clouds wall paper and I of course thought of the Belgium surrealist artist Rene Magritte (1898-1967). As a class we discussed surrealism and I introduced some of Magritte's art focusing on his symbols: clouds, bowler hats, birds, green apples, umbrellas and pipes. We also talked about the humor in some of the artworks like Magritte's famous painting "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This is not a pipe"). We made a watercolor background and collages of symbols, some like Magritte and some original.