Marc Chagall liked to make his paintings based on emotions, rather than logic. He thought that art didn’t always have to make sense.
Chagall’s ideas led to an art movement called Surrealism, which wanted to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind. Kind of like artists trying to paint their dreams.
One easy way for students to try this idea out is to have them draw simple, familiar shapes, but in all different directions. Some things can be right side up and some upside down. The result is a scene that you can recognize but doesn’t make sense. Surreal!
- Draw Like Chagall Tutorial (click for a PDF)
- Watercolor paper
- Liquid watercolor paint
- Salt (optional)
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Paint like Chagall
- Make light grid lines. Draw a hill.
- Add simple buildings and a tree.
- Add more trees below.
- Rotate the paper and draw a car.
- Rotate back and draw a large sun.
- Rotate and draw yourself on a hill.
- Add a play yard and trees.
- Rotate again and fill in the center .
- Trace with a crayon, paint and sprinkle salt for texture.