Women Surrealists: Leonora Carrington

I love teaching Surrealism, but often find many resources are focused on the male power house of the Movement , like Dali and Magritte. In fact, there are many wonderful and relevant female Surrealists. In this post, I will focus on Leonora Carrington. Carrington was a British born artist, who made her way to mainland Europe. She began creatinf Surreal art and became romantically involved with Max Ernst. During World War II, he escaped Europe for the United States. Leonora found herself alone , but managed to find a way to safety in Mexico, where she spent the remainder of her life.

She found a community of artists in Mexico and had a full rich life filled with art! She lived to be 94! Consider using Carrington in lesson about Surrealism. She is quite amazing and is appropriate for all grades .

Look at this great video produced by the Tate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqXePrSE1R0

I have also created an art prompt appropriate for 5-12 classrooms about Leonora Carrington here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Leonora-Carrington-Sketchbook-Prompt-Middle-and-High-School-Art-6672180?ref=feed/seller_updates_page_product


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