David Gran
Art Educator

Surrealistic Me

Project Published 10/12/11 Last updated on 2/28/20
The latest challenge from The Student Creative challenges students to create surrealistic self portraits using various transformational techniques.
  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Photoshop Elements

    Organize, edit, create, and share your photos.

  • Lightroom Classic

    Desktop-focused photo editing.

Age Levels
1+ Week
Content Standards
Custom Standards

Processing, Analyzing, and Responding to Sensory Information Through the Language and Skills Unique to the Visual Arts

2.0 CREATIVE EXPRESSION Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Visual Arts

Understanding the Historical Contributions and Cultural Dimensions of the Visual Arts

Responding to, Analyzing, and Making Judgments About Works in the Visual Arts

ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

This project is intended to be done with digital photography and photoshop, but can be approached with traditional media as well. 

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Wiki Lity

Posted on 1/26/20 8:09:26 AM Permalink

Wiki Lity

Posted on 1/26/20 8:08:00 AM Permalink

Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/20/19 7:48:01 PM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing really worthful

Candie Witherspoon

Posted on 9/24/13 2:33:48 AM Permalink

Love this! It centers around my favorite Art Movement. Can't wait to do this with my photography class and maybe my Art 1 and Fine Art Survey Classes this year. Thank you for sharing your great ideas!

Matt Cauthron

Posted on 9/10/12 4:42:24 AM Permalink

Matt Cauthron

Posted on 9/10/12 4:32:26 AM Permalink

John Doherty

Posted on 9/7/12 1:24:00 PM Permalink

Thanks Matt.

Matt Cauthron

Posted on 9/7/12 1:21:15 PM Permalink

John Doherty

Posted on 9/2/12 7:50:29 PM Permalink

Thanks for the great lesson.

Jewel Feldman

Posted on 8/12/12 4:36:17 PM Permalink

Got it. Looks captivating. Thank you, Mike! : )

Mike Skocko

Posted on 8/12/12 3:57:57 PM Permalink

Jewel Feldman

Posted on 8/12/12 3:30:47 PM Permalink

Hello Mike, I found an active link to the Surrealistic Me slideshow. Where might I find the project explanation and lesson? Thank you!

Mike Skocko

Posted on 8/3/12 11:06:36 PM Permalink


Watch for our next project, MyThology, coming soon to an Adobe Education Exchange near you! :)

Kristie MacLaughlin

Posted on 8/3/12 9:51:27 PM Permalink

I love this idea. This is also a great idea to intergrate fine art and tech! I'll be hitting up the art teacher shortly for a co-lesson!

Matt Cauthron

Posted on 7/20/12 10:09:49 PM Permalink

Make sure to check out the print book versions of all the Student Creative global collaborations here on Blurb!

Jesse Myers

Posted on 12/7/11 5:50:54 PM Permalink

Great Project!

David Gran

Posted on 10/27/11 5:30:21 AM Permalink

Mike Skocko

Posted on 10/18/11 3:22:38 PM Permalink

The 50 Layers/4 Canvases resource might help some students come at Surrealistic Me from another creative angle.

David Gran

Posted on 10/13/11 4:54:56 AM Permalink

About the book- It wouldn't be available for kindle, its out of print and not very well known even in art ed circles. I've actually never seen a new version for sale on Amazon before, only used copies- amazing what a new out of print book will run you! But I'd grab a used copy, its just a great book with some fantastic ideas.

As for the digital publishing.. interactivity- love it!

Mike Skocko

Posted on 10/13/11 2:00:01 AM Permalink

Dang! Art Synectics isn't available for Kindle. But Amazon does offer tree-versions... Then I noticed:

4 new from $164.35 18 used from $34.98

Yikes! Won't be getting a new copy.

Can't wait to get the kids primed for this project. And with Adobe's new digital publishing model it looks like we'll be able to offer an interactive version as well. :)

David Gran

Posted on 10/13/11 1:50:08 AM Permalink

Thanks Mike, I'll add those to the website. By the way, the more I think about it, the more I find those operational techniques useful to all kinds of projects. The book they are from, "Art Synectics" is just amazing - out of print but you can find it on Amazon. I'm thinking of stenciling them across the classroom wall.

Mike Skocko

Posted on 10/12/11 11:14:14 PM Permalink

Matt Cauthron

Posted on 10/12/11 5:27:39 PM Permalink

Thanks for posting this Big D!

David Gran

Posted on 10/12/11 4:52:14 PM Permalink

Thanks Nicole! We're all exited for our third project.

Nicole Dalesio

Posted on 10/12/11 4:50:15 PM Permalink

Love it, David!