Silly Pictures

By John Bomhoff, Art Studio Manager
Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Ages: 5 and older

Materials: colored construction paper, magazines, scissors, glue sticks

Instructions: Discuss “Surrealism” and Salvador Dali using the information that follows.

Surrealistic artworks often have unrelated parts put together to form silly looking images. Tell your artists they are going to make silly pictures.

Choose a piece of construction paper and some magazines.

Cut out pictures from the magazines.

Glue them together in surprising and unexpected ways on the construction paper to create a surreal artwork.

Teachable Moments

Imaginations go wild with this project! Introduce your children to the world of surrealism. It is a form of art that began in the 1920s. It often shows people, objects, and animals put together in unexpected ways, suggesting images found in dreams and fantasies. One of the best known surrealistic artists was Salvador Dali. A Spanish artist, he lived from 1904 until 1989. One of his most famous paintings is “The Persistence of Memory.” You might want to show your children this work and other examples of surrealism.


The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located at 215 N. 7th St. in downtown Phoenix, at the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Van Buren in the historic Monroe School Building.


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