An Eye for Magritte

MagritteEyeRené Magritte was a Belgian surrealist artist who became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images. He wanted to challenge viewers to think about what they were looking at and to ask themselves “What does this painting mean?”
1. Take an old CD and trace it in the center of an 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Add lines around the circle to turn it into an eye, including eyelashes.
2. Trace all the pencil lines with a black marker.
3. Draw an image inside the eye which reflects something you like to look at. This could be anything BUT the drawing of the inside of an eye. The more mysterious, the better! Color all the shapes with colored pencils.CA Visual Art Standard: Grade Five
2.7 Communicate values, opinions, or personal insights through an original work of art.

4 Responses

  1. surrealism! very nice! I’ll do this with my art class this year!

  2. heidi

    I’ve done the Magritte eye before, but never with the cd as a tracer. It made it extra fun for the kids.I’ll do this project when covering the topic of the 5 senses.(sight) We cut out the circle(the iris) and tape colored cellophane over the opening,the kids color a black pupil in the center with a permanent marker.It makes it more interactive for them. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Anonymous

    I did this with my kids and they really liked it. Thank you for posting so many great art projects/ideas!

  4. Elizabeth

    This looks like an awesome project!

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