In an effort to lower the barriers for student field-trips, the Dali Museum offers free or reduced admission for students visiting in groups.
Click here to visit our School Tours page.
The Museum welcomes your Dali and Surrealism-related lesson plans and curriculum ideas. If you have ideas or lesson plans that you think
would be helpful additions to the Museum's Teacher Guide, please contact the Education department. When we add to our online resources, we
will include teacher and school profiles as well - not only to give authorial credit, but also to fill in the educational context behind each
activity. Please contact Bethany Mead, Education Coordinator at 727.623.4730 or email:
email@example.com for more information.
Dalivision Outreach Program
If your school can't visit the Dali Museum, then consider inviting the Museum to visit you. With a little advance notice - and with no cost
to you - the Dali Museum can schedule a trained docent to visit with slides or posters to best suit your needs. Museum docents regularly visit
classrooms in Pinellas County, and can visit Pasco, Hillsborough, Sarasota and Manatee counties depending on availability. Please contact
Bethany Mead, Education Coordinator at 727.623.4730 or email:
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
1. Teacher Guide
2. Audio Guide Scripts
to download this guide which includes painting descriptions of key works from the collection,
a biography of the artist and Dali Museum information as well as a resource list, educational opportunities for students and school tour
3. Key Works - Images
Review the scripts to our free public audio guided tours for adults (additional Spanish-language tour, coming soon!), and for children.
All files are PDFs.
4. Lesson Plans
to Download this PDF of key images to use in your classroom.
The Dali Museum has assembled a number of interdisciplinary lesson plans as a starting point for you and your students. These lesson
plans currently address FCAT, Sunshine State Standards, and Florida Writes! goals.
- Welcome to Destination Dali: The Teacher's Lounge PDF
"The Teacher's Lounge" is designed to introduce educators to Salvador Dali and the Dali Museum. Featuring an in-depth examination
of the six paintings that form the basis of the museum's "core" lesson plans, this introduction also includes a short biography of
the artist, a brief discussion of the challenges and rewards of teaching Dali's work, and a short history of the museum.
- Lesson Plan 1a: Imagination Station: An Inquiry-Based Intro to
After watching the museum's Get Surreal with Salvador Dali video, students express their own reactions to several of Dali's paintings,
they ask questions of the works at hand, and they compare their responses to other responses in class. For homework, students create a
piece of writing or artwork that responds in some way with one of the paintings they've encountered.
- Lesson Plan 1b: Spain & Catalonia: A Thematic Intro to Dali
After watching the museum's Get Surreal with Salvador Dali video, students use maps to begin placing the artist in very specific
historical and cultural contexts. They read an essay on Catalonia and Spanish cultures and then, for homework, are asked to identify
similarities between their own cultures and the cultures they encountered in class.
- Lesson Plan 2: The Surreal Deal
Students are introduced to some art-historical terms and identify examples of Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, and Classicism in
Dali's art. Then, focusing on Surrealism, students learn about Surrealist techniques by experimenting with games like Exquisite
Corpse, automatic writing or automatic drawing. For homework, they are asked to assess Surrealism and to write about why it might be
- Lesson Plan 3: Collage College
By examining Dali's work and by making their own pieces of art, students become familiar with and then discuss the Surrealist
technique of collage.
- Lesson Plan 4: Different Brush Strokes for Different Folks
Students have a chance to reflect on their museum visit and begin exploring their own personal art aesthetic. They read an essay
which uses Dali's work to discuss what people might value in art and are then asked to write about their own favorite piece from
the museum's collection.
- Lesson Plan 5: A Creature of Culture
Students explore the impact of culture on artistic production by trying to locate where culture "happens" and by learning about
aspects of Dali's Catalan and Spanish cultures. They return to the collages they made in Lesson Three and speculate about how their
own cultures are visible in the works they produced.
- The Exquisite Sea Corpse
In this unique collaboration between the Salvador Dali Museum and The Pier Aquarium, Inc., students plan a version of the Surrealist
art game "The Exquisite Corpse" in order to create "Exquisite Sea Creatures." Then, using their creatures as "specimens," students
practice scientific observation, gain and understanding of how marine creatures adapt to their environments, and learn how to write
a natural history.
- Federico Garcia Lorca's "Ode to Salvador Dali" PDF
In this lesson plan for 3rd or 4th year Spanish classes, students work in small groups to translate Federico García Lorca's poem
"Ode to Salvador Dali." Then they explore the poem and discuss the issues they faced when translating.
- Un Poco de Dali: Cuatro Clasitas
Using Dali and Velázquez, bullfighting, and the Dali Mueum gift shop as occasions to learn and practice specific Spanish language
skills, these little lessons for Spanish language students of all levels will leave you wanting uno mas.
- Clocking In with Salvador DaliDF
Ever since The Persistence of Memory hit American shores in 1931, the soft or "melting" watch has been nearly synonymous with Salvador
Dali's name. The following materials offer a thorough overview of the painting -- as well as suggestions for classroom activities --
to help satisfy your curiosity as well as your classroom needs.
- George Orwell, Salvador Dali & Censorship
Orwell's essay about Dali's obscenities was itself suppressed on charges of obscenity in 1944. Students read and respond to "Benefit
of Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dali," discuss issues of censorship, and examine controversial figures in pop culture in light of
Get Surreal! with Salvador Dali
This channel-surfing, vintage footage and live-action adventure short film is designed as a classroom aid for teachers and as a Dali Museum
pre-visit educational tool for elementary and middle school students.
Dali TV - YouTube
Not only can this film prepare students for their museum visit by introducing Dali, a selection of his work and information about Surrealism,
but it also offers several creative surrealist activities to do at home or in the classroom.
The film is available as a 30-minute or a 9-minute version on our YouTube site. .
Additionally, the Education department's YouTube site is an ever-growing resource of student films, Dali Museum projects as well as
Dali-related films of interest.
Student Work - Flickr
View select images from the student surrealist art shows on the Dali flickr site.
Classroom Packages - Dali Online Store
Browse our online store for our NEW teacher classroom packages expressly created for educators of Elementary, Middle and High School
Happenings at the Dali
Be sure to visit our Events page for current happenings at the Dali Museum.
Arts & Crafts
Download these fun and educational crafts to use in your classroom today! Each activity utilizes economical and/or recycled materials,
are printable sizes 8X12 or 11X17 and are fun for all ages. The descriptions of each activity explain their connection to the Dali Museum