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Surreal World

Man Ray used his vivid imagination to create this painting of a billiard table, colorful clouds, mountains, and a dry landscape—images that might only appear together in a dream. He said: “There is always an idea behind each of my paintings. It's the idea that interests me, not the description." 

Invite other artists in your family to participate in this activity. Ask each person to write down four random things on small separate pieces of paper. Include objects such as a hotdog or a lamp, and places such as your bedroom, a bakery, or somewhere in nature. Fold each piece of paper and place it in a bag. Ask each person to pick four pieces of paper from the bag. Have each person use their imagination to draw or paint a scene where all four random things exist together!

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Man Ray, La Fortune, 1938. Oil on linen, 23 11/16 × 28 13/16 in. (60.2 × 73.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Simon Foundation, Inc. 72.129 © 2015 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris

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