Lesson Objectives: Students will learn how to use line to create a painting in the style of Magritte.

Time Required:  2 sessions, 1 hour each 

Artist:  Rene Magritte, Golconde, 1953 (available online)



Materials (Day 1):

Scratch paper

Sticker paper


Watercolor paper taped to cardboard

Watercolors: blue and black


Water and cups

Paper towels

Materials (Day 2):

Black Sharpies

Colored pencils or markers, if desired.

Presentation:    Discuss Magritte and surrealism. Discuss line.

Procedure, Session 1:

  1. Pass out scratch and sticker paper. Students may choose an object that a) you would never see in the sky; and b) is recognizable by the outline only.
  2. On the scratch paper, draw the object. Cut it out and use it as a template to trace around 7-9 times on the sticker paper.
  3. Cut out the shapes.
  4. With pencil, sketch out a simple outline of a skyline on the bottom ½ of the paper.
  5. Peeling off the backing of the stickers, place them randomly in the sky and overlapping some of the buildings.
  6. With blue watercolor, paint in the sky.
  7. With watered down black to make gray, paint the buildings.

Procedure, Session 2:

  1. Pass out their watercolor papers.
  2. With black Sharpies, add lines to the buildings for details: windows, doors, etc.
  3. If desired, color in the objects with colored pencils or markers, or you can leave them white.