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Exquisite Corpse: The Surrealists enjoyed the poetic effects of chance combinations in a game called Exquisite Corpse. To play, form a group of four to six people. Cut blank sheets of paper in half lengthwise and give every player one of the half-sheets. Each person writes a few words at the top and folds the paper down just far enough to hide the writing. The papers are passed along to the next person, who adds some words without seeing what came before, and folds the paper down again. When the papers have gone around the circle, and everyone has written something on each one, open them all up and read the resulting “poems.”  

Dream Worlds: Create a dreamlike scene by cutting up pictures from newspapers or magazines and gluing them together in startling combinations. Then use this collage as the basis of a painting or drawing that unifies the parts into a single image.  

The Interpretation of Dreams: Keep a dream journal for a week. Then learn more about Freud’s theories of dreams and the unconscious. (Two good sources are On Dreams by Sigmund Freud and The Secret Language of Dreams: A Visual Key to Dreams and Their Meanings by David Fontana.) Does anything you read seem to apply to the dreams you recorded in your journal?  

Slide Show: View the works featured in this unit in a slide show using the Art Collector feature of ArtsConnectEd. (Click here to learn more about Art Collector.)  

April 2006