Paint and Draw

Create a Surreal Story

Are you ready for a surreal adventure?

the plan

Surreal Story template image

Your surreal adventure will begin with some very weird artworks which will hopefully give you some ideas.

You can then use our Surreal Story download to invent a strange character, write an odd story (which can be as peculiar as you like) and create a dreamlike landscape to explore.

Joan Miró, ‘The Great Carnivore’ 1969
Joan Miró
The Great Carnivore 1969
© Succession Miro/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2022
John Armstrong, ‘Dreaming Head’ 1938
John Armstrong
Dreaming Head 1938
© Tate
Yves Tanguy, ‘Azure Day’ 1937
Yves Tanguy
Azure Day 1937
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2022
Salvador Dalí, ‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’ 1937
Salvador Dalí
Metamorphosis of Narcissus 1937
© Salvador Dali, Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation/DACS, London 2022
Francis Picabia, ‘The Handsome Pork-Butcher’ c.1924–6, c.1929–35
Francis Picabia
The Handsome Pork-Butcher c.1924–6, c.1929–35
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2022
Sir Roland Penrose, ‘Le Grand Jour’ 1938
Sir Roland Penrose
Le Grand Jour 1938
© The estate of Sir Roland Penrose

The surrealists were a group of artists and poets who enjoyed using their imaginations to make weird and wonderful artworks and poetry.

Check out some of the paintings above. Do you like them? What words would you use to describe them?

You can find out more about surrealism here.

  • A printer
  • 2 x sheets of plain A4 paper to print your activity
  • A pencil, a pen and some crayons
  • A friend (to have your surreal adventure with)
  • Your imagination (you'll definietly need this!)
Surreal story activity sheet page 1
Surreal Story activity sheet page 2

Download and print your Surreal Story activity. There are two pages, so make sure you print both!

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