This month for our homeschool art lesson we’re studying Picasso.
We started with a fantastic story book, Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail . It chronicles Picasso’s time spent painting a girl named Sylvette. Based on actual facts and including his real paintings and drawings it is entertaining and informative at the same time.
Our study included reading the story and asking some questions during it. I stopped at a lot of the paintings and asked the kids what they thought.
After the story we took a look at some of the facts about Mr. Picasso.
-His birth date and place – October 25, 1881. Malaga Spain.
– He lived to be 92
– He produced over 30,000 works of art.
– He worked in many different mediums, mostly painting and sculpture, and was the co-inventor of collage.
We talked about his different “periods” and I gave the kids these paintings to add to their worksheet
|The Old Guitarist|
|Weeping Woman With Handkerchief|
With Picasso there is a ton of information you could cover. His work spans so much time and so many genres, its kind of impossible to cover it all in a 45 minute class. So I focused on the cubism that he is best known for.
1/4 sheet of poster board- alternately you could use card stock and scale the project down
Various cut out shapes of paper
A glue stick
I gave the kids their poster board first. The instruction was to draw the head, and background.
“Don’t add details, I repeat, just a head, no eyes or nose, we’ll get to that later.”
Hands raised… “Miss Krista do we draw everything on the face?”
“No just the head, with a blank face.”
Once the instructions were clear, they got that part done. I told them to focus on using bright colors and not leaving a lot of white space.
Then I handed out various sizes and shapes of paper. With the instruction to put each facial feature on it’s own piece. We talked about using unexpected shapes and colors to make it look like a Picasso.
After all the pieces were finished they laid them out and glued them down.
All in all I was really pleased with what they came up with. I let them take turns showing the rest of the class their self portraits and there was a ton of giggling!
Here’s what my boys came up with.
|This is Daniel’s. He didn’t have the patience to color his whole background.
But for Kindergarten I was happy with the results!
|Nathan loved this project, and obviously totally embraced the color aspect!|
In addition to what we learned in “class” at home I had Nathan do some activities.
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