Happy Birthday Picasso!

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picasso1.jpgWell, it is Picasso’s 125th birthday and he certainly deserves a little celebration. He is widely acknowledged as the most influential artist of the 20th century. I am an avid fan …not necessarily because I love all of Picasso’s work-I actually don’t-but because all of it incites an emotional response. Pieces like “Petite Fluers” evokes a sunny, childlike smile. “Guernica” (probably my favorite) is heart-wrenching and epic. However, when I see a reproduction of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” I feel uncomfortable, even a little revolted. I am sure Mr. Picasso would have been delighted to hear it! Good or bad, it is a strong response that most artists are driving for.

I think it is amazing to see how varied and prolific Picasso was. His father was an artist and teacher and saw his potential at a young age. He went through several periods that are distinct and unique and is credited for starting the Cubist movement. Which was had a huge impact on modern art. You can read an in-depth biography and see works from each period at Artchive. Another great site which will link you other sites where you can view Picasso’s works is Artcyclopedia.

When I was teaching art classes, I combined learning about art history with practicing actual technique. At first, I was unsure as to whether the kids would like it or find it boring. I was quickly surprised to see that they loved it and clamored for information about influential artists. I would love to share some of the activities we did. Let me know if you like this and want more. Here is a project that you can do with your kids to experiment with Picasso’s style:

Make your own Cubist Paintings

Materials:

White paper

Cardstock or construction paper

Scissors

Crayons or other mediapicasso2.jpg

For inspiration take a look at House in a Garden and Portrait of Maya with a Doll and Three Musicians.
1. Set up a still life by arranging a few items from around the house on your kitchen table. Anything will work: fruit, dishes, bottles of various things, look for a bunch of different shapes. Or you can draw a few pictures of yourselves or eachother.

Tips:

Use a variety of colors, make one realistic and one crazy and wild. (Try blue hair, green skin, purple eyes.)

Do your pictures from different angles. For example, draw one sitting in front and one to the side.

Use whatever medium your child likes, crayons work great for this because they produce such bold colors.

2. Draw at least 2 pictures of your subject.

3. Cut the pictures up. You can cut it into different shapes, or cut out individual items or features (eyes, legs, flowers, etc.)picasso3.jpg

4. Arrange the peices of your pictures on a piece of cardstock. Try a few different configurations.

5. Glue down the final choices. You might get a few pictures from your pieces; you could diplay them together as a series.picasso4.jpg

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Well, there is no where to start but the begining; so… As you probably already saw in my bio., I graduated in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and taught art classes for children. In June I had my second little girl, Emily, (we also have a 2 year old, Megan) and just can’t find time for this part of my life. So, I have decided to go an online route. This way, I can still enjoy art and children and a little teaching, but also keep up with my two cuties.

One of my pet causes is putting art into everyday life. I am excited to share project ideas and hopefully this site can be a community for parents and teachers that love sharing art with kids too. I hope that this will be a back and forth sort of blog. So let me know what you are thinking. What kind of projects do you like to do with your kids? What sounds like it would be fun, but you aren’t sure how to do it yet? I am looking forward to making some great new friends and hopefully helping a few people “leap int art!”