Nightmares & Dreams
Dreams and nightmares occur during the rapid-eye movement (REM) stage of sleep. They can be vivid worlds of inspiration, or terrifying situations which wake us in the night, or we may not even remember our dreams upon waking.The content and purpose of dreams are not definitively understood, although there is much scientific, religious, and philosophical debate which tries to do so.
Dreams and nightmares are so deeply rooted in our life experiences, we often use these words to describe events, goals, fears, and possibilities. Art is a door to understanding the conscious and unconscious worlds fueled by both our dreams and nightmares.
Rationale for Teaching
Human are no strangers to dreams. Dating back to ancient times, people have shared, recorded, and interpreted their dreams in numerous ways. We have questioned why dreams occur, what do dreams mean, and what do dreams tell us about ourselves? Although these questions may never truly be answered, we continue to dream and these questions will continue to be asked. By exploring our dreams and nightmares, learners can study all of the possibilities that dreams and nightmares may hold.
- Dreams and nightmares occur during sleep and can be a window to the subconscious
- Dreams and nightmares can describe specific events, goals, fears, and possibilities
- Dreams and nightmares inspire imaginative thoughts, creative activities, and provocative representations
- How do dreams and nightmares connect to the subconscious?
- How can dreams and nightmares describe past and present experiences and help us imagine future aspirations?
- How do dreams and nightmare inspire imagination, creative activity and representation?