Automatic Drawing

Automatic Drawing (Group Project)

Surrealist Movement

Big Idea:

Free Drawing (automatism):  a means of expressing the subconscious. This style of drawing was developed by the Surrealists. In applying chance and accident to mark making your subconscious reveals the psyche which would otherwise be repressed.

Description of Setting:

High School Art Classroom, 30+ students, 9 tables, 35 chairs, 2 sinks, projector

Public School, Fall Semester, 1st Quarter

45 minute class periods

Art History:

Artists who popularized this style of drawing are. Salvador Dali, Jean Arp, Andre Breton, and Andre Mason.

This style was used in the dadaist movement in the 1930’s and 1940’s

Goal and Outcomes: anyone can draw. Art has a purpose to express.

Students as a group will take turns drawing in this way. Focusing on their freedom of drawing on paper.

Positive Critique will be had at end of class.

Discussion pertaining to gestural drawing in class. Is it art? How did it make you feel? Does this give you opportunities to express yourselves in other ways?


White Paper (Roll), Pencils, charcoal

Management Procedure: Students will arrive on time and take there seats for attendance. Students will stay attentive and quiet while working.Students will not text on cell phones. Students will raise hand with questions. Students will respect one another and the work that is being created. Students will give positive feed back.

Instructional Process:

Students will walk into class and take their seats and wait for instruction. Once everyone is quiet students will be asked to get out of there seats and come over to the tables with paper across them. We will then discuss drawing as a form of expression and the art of free form or automatism.

Basic set of art history will be outlined for them. Student will then begin as one large class creating a work of art without any notion or control of the outcome. The time given will be 20 minutes.

Once finished students will help hang the art work on the wall for critique and discussion. We will then learn and discuss positive feed back and critique.

Students will have the opportunity to pick an artist discussed to start there paper. This paper will help create an art history book and test material at the end of the year.

As the time nears end, the students will find their table and wait for the bell patiently.

Student will leave the classroom courteous of one another.

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