by Megan Lucas, Teachers College, Columbia University

What do Donald Duck and Salvador Dali have in common? So often, art teachers stand by the usual cannon of still images by modern artists. But the moving image can serve as an important tool for enhancing the visual literacy of students in the art room. This differentiated lesson plan allows children the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the still and moving images of Salvador Dali and the Surrealist style in a greater historical context.


This differentiated lesson focuses on the use of film and the still image for learning about visual art. Students will learn to make visual comparisons as well as comparisons of content between the still and moving images of the modern artist Salvador Dali. By exercising observational as well as interpretive skills, students may enhance their skills in visual literacy and critical thinking.