Let Sleeping Dogs Lie Dreaming in the Animal World

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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie Dreaming in the Animal World


Dreams and Nightmares


For those of you who have a dog, we all know the telltale signs of a dreaming pup; the twitching, the soft barks, the kicks. Why do animals dream? Are their dreams similar to those of humans? How are their dreams or dream patterns different than humans?
Learners in this unit will be exploring these questions. Learners will begin by learning about the science behind dreaming. When does it occur? What is happening when we dream? Learners will then compare how humans dream to the research on how animals dream. Learners will construct a list of similarities and differences that they find in their research. Learners will look at a variety of artworks to discuss why they think animals dream. Are their dreams beneficial? Do you think animals dream about the events in their day or are their dreams connected to any subconscious thoughts?
Learners will participate in numerous discussions with peers developing ideas of what animals dream about. After learners choose an animal and a possible dream, they will create a 10-15 panel comic strip illustrating their idea.


Molly D. Chance


1. CMA 1962.36
- Home from the Pasture, Julien Dupre, 1890, oil on canvas
2. CMA 1970.1
- Landscape with Fowl, Melchior d’Hondecoeter, 1680s, oil on canvas


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

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10 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
1. VA8-1.4 Use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner.
2. VA8-2.2 Discuss the ways that the visual arts are able to communicate ideas.
3. VA8-3.1 Compare and contrast the content in several works of visual art.
4. VA8-3.2 Select and use subject matter, symbols, ideas, and the elements and principles of design to communicate meaning through his or her art making.
5. VA8-3.3 Discuss the ways that choices of subject matter, symbols and ideas combine to communicate meaning in his or her works of visual art.

Integrated CCSS:
8-1.4 Generate questions for further study on the basis of prior investigations.


1. The learner will analyze and describe how humans dream.
2. The learner will analyze research on dreaming in animals.
3. The learner will view the works of artists to develop a hypothesis on the content of animals’ dreams.
4. The learner will choose one animal and a possible dreaming scenario to develop and create a 10-15 panel comic.


- Pencils and erasers
- Lined paper
- Computer access
- 2 pieces of 9 x 12” drawing paper
- Colored pencils
- Fine-tip, black Sharpie markers

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