Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Picasso Cubism Coasters

Preschool-First Grade

Discussion: Cubism/perspective/emotion
What does perspective mean?
How do things look from an airplane?
How does an airplane look from here?
How small are the trees in the park from here? Can they fit in your fingers?
And standing next to them how much could we fit in our fingers? One piece of bark??

PERSPECTIVE: how you see things from where you are
In this classroom: some of you are looking at this half of my face and some at this half
Cubism means to draw things from several perspectives in one space
PICASSO pioneered the idea he is the father of cubism
Picasso would draw one face but show it from profile and forward.

Emotion: how color, music, life make you feel
If you are in a bad mood do you think you would paint the same thing if you were in a good mood?
What about music? If you are listening to your favorite song/artist do you think you would paint the
Same thing as you would if you were listening to your Least favorite?
Picasso included emotion in his pieces deciding on colors and images based upon how he felt in that moment.

ARTIST: Pablo Picasso
(25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973)
He was a Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor.
He is one of the most recognized figures in 20th-century art.
He is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. Picasso demonstrated uncanny artistic talent in his early years,
He painted in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence;
During the first decade of the twentieth century his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas.
Picasso’s creativity manifested itself in numerous mediums, including painting, sculpture, drawing, and architecture. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortunes throughout his life, making him the best-known figure in twentieth century art.

PROJECT: create a clay coaster with a Picasso influenced face
Step1: roll your clay out like a snake
Step2: coil it up like a sleeping snake
Step3: begin to flatten it so that the top and bottom are smooth
Step4: once you have a smooth circle begin to add facial features with your toothpick
Step5: add eyes: one forward and one sideways
Step6: add a nose but maybe it is upside down or on the cheek
Step7: add a mouth but maybe it is on the forehead or sideways
Step8: don’t forget hair


Here are additional photos of Picasso coasters from preschoolers that have been glazed and fired

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