Picasso face off with 2nd grade

Picasso face off with 2nd grade

Picasso is famous for inventing Cubism, but it was the late works of Paul Cezanne that inspired Picasso and his gang of artist friends to paint three-dimensional works of art.

Students may better understand how Picasso broke the components of the picture plane by showing a cube and identifying how many sides one can see. 

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A cube allows you to see 3 sides at once, which is what Cubism essentially does;  Picasso replaced one point perspective with a multi-dimensional view.

After many questions, students then viewed a few examples of Picasso's portrait paintings and  discussed visual literacy (color, line, shape, etc). 

We also talked about mood; how does it make you feel to see this type of painting versus, say, a traditional painted portrait of George Washington by Rembrandt Peale.  Why did Picasso choose to paint so radically different?

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Students then created their own Picasso-style self portrait. First we discussed color and how certain colors can express mood, like blue is sad or yellow is happy. There was no wrong way to feel a color. Students choose two colors to represent two moods and those colors determined the colors of their self-portrait. 

 

Early finishers were allowed to free paint. Brayden here chose to paint Picasso himself. Nice work. 

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