Surrealism tutorial

Webster defines 'surrealism' as the principles, ideals, or practice of producing fantastic or incongruous imagery or effects in art, literature, film, or theater by means of unnatural juxtapositions and combinations.

Until the twentieth century, artists tried to capture reality in their paintings. Surrealism surfaced in the 1920s when young artists wanted to create something more than a mere copy of what they saw. During the period between the World Wars, key among these influences were the discoveries of Sigmund Freud, who had shown that when our wakening thoughts are numbed, the child and the savage in us takes over.

We will be making an art piece that uses Eccentric and psychologically acute subject matters.

In this tutorial we will play withe the elements in the Salvidor Daili piece to the right.





We will learn how to overlay textures, build multiple images, and start learning how to use filters. We continue thinking about Foreground, mid-ground, background and the rule of the three, but we will also think about the power of shape repetition.

fall picket fence








Tutorial videos

1. Putting images together

2. Brightness and contrast

3. Using the percentage to change size in free transform

4. IMPORTANT! how to make realistic shadows

5. Duplicate images as groups

6. IMPORTANT! puppet warp