The Dali Museum will be featured in the Pinellas County School Board Florida (PCSB) Art Mobile and will visit all 88 PCSB elementary schools and exceptional student centers over a four-year period from 2016 to 2020. The Art Mobile is a themed mobile classroom container-size traveling trailer, and will be seen by over 45,000 students, kindergarten through 5th grade. The Art Mobile is installed and “parked” on school property for one to two weeks at each school. Students visit the Art Mobile with their art teacher as the museum guide.
The Dali on the “Fly” Art Mobile is only available at Pinellas County public elementary schools, and cannot be reserved or requested at other locations.
The Dali on the “Fly” Art Mobile is a collaborative project of the Pinellas County School Board and The Dali Museum. Pre- and post-visit curriculum materials for students and teacher training materials are available online via PCSB and The Dali Museum Education Department website.
The Dali on the “Fly” Art Mobile was created for elementary school art students as an introduction to museum culture. This mobile art lab was designed using a standards-based curriculum, aligning with the Pinellas County Elementary Art Educators’ learning goals. Together with pre- and post curriculum, students will be presented with an age-appropriate exhibition focusing on the imagination-shaping significance of dreams, math and science in Salvador Dali’s art. Eight Dali art reproductions, the new animated Dali on the “Fly” orientation film, wall graphics, and 3-D sculptures will provide an environment for art teachers to build a foundation of understanding of Dali’s work. Students will learn how to look and think about Dali’s art.
Dali visualized the mysterious world of what is unseen and unreal and what can be uncovered by dreams, mathematics and scientific discoveries – and he painted it – making it SURREAL. The Dali on the “Fly” Art Mobile draws connections between the artist Salvador Dali and the worlds of math, science and dreams, from which he drew inspiration for his art. Concepts for discussion, exploration and inspiration are reinforced by the selected reproductions exhibited within the Art Mobile.
Why The “Fly”?
Inspired by Salvador Dali’s obsession with verbal puns and visual plays on words, we encourage teachers and students to explore The Dali on the “Fly” Art Mobile through the many and varied views from a fly’s eye. Dali was intrigued by the parabolic design of the fly eye and the perspective that this inspires in viewing the world. The fly is a symbol of the multiple ways of seeing. The gadfly is also an iconic symbol in Spanish history and culture. The gadfly appears in many of Dali’s paintings and references a Spanish Catalan folk legend about Saint Narciso. In this legend, on three occasions gadflies emerge from the tomb of St. Narciso to drive away French invaders. Dali used this myth to underline the Catalan people’s strength against foreign influence and to express his patriotic devotion to his homeland’s independence.
Teacher Training Materials
Dali Museum Gallery Tour with the Curator of Education
Peter Tush presents the 8 artworks featured in the Art Mobile to prepare teachers for their time with Art Mobile. The tour theme focuses on what inspired Dali and his art: dreams, science and math.
Dali on the “Fly”
Elementary School Dali Museum Orientation Film
Dali on the “Fly” (Closed-Captioned)
Closed-Captioned Elementary School Dali Museum Orientation Film
Art Mobile TV/Monitor Instructions
Art Mobile TV/Video Monitor Instructions to Play Orientation Film
Pre visit Vocabulary
Vocabulary for students to learn prior to visiting the Dali on The “Fly” Art Mobile
Dali Museum Vocabulary
Vocabulary for teachers to prepare for their role as a museum tour guide of the Dali on The “Fly” Art Mobile
Teacher Orientation Notes
Notes on the art reproductions and the 3D sculptures
PowerPoint: Dali on the “Fly”
Dali on the “Fly” orientation for teachers to prepare for their role as Art Mobile tour guide
Teacher Response Survey
Please submit completed Response Survey within two weeks of Art Mobile visit and receive 2 complimentary Dali Museum admissions tickets. Only PCSB Art Teachers visiting The Dali Art Mobile are able to receive redemption tickets.
Student Pre- and Post-visit Curriculum
Pre- and Post-curriculum
Grade level specific curriculum, lessons and activities developed by Pinellas County Schools’ Art staff. Allowing teachers to prepare students in the week preceding their “mobile museum” visit, facilitate a successful on campus field trip and inspire students to create varied and personal artwork in the future.
Thank you to our sponsors and everyone involved in the process of creating this inspiring mobile Dali Museum and to the art teachers who will bring the experience to life for thousands of elementary art students!