Wednesday, June 13, 2012

School picture portraits with Picasso

Discussion: what is a portrait? 
What do you find in a portrait? 
Nose? Mouth? Shoulders? Ears? 
How do you draw a portrait? 
Now look at this portrait? What?????
What is up with her eyes? 
Why is her nose like that?
What about the background?
ARTIST: Pablo Picasso  (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973)
He was a Spanish painter 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 picasso portrait using your school picture
Step1: draw a circle for a head on your small paper
Step2: add a neck and shoulders
Step3: cut out one eye and glue it to the small paper
Step4: cut out one ear and glue it somewhere on your face
Step5: cut out your mouth and glue it on your face
Step6: cut out your hair and glue it on your portrait
Step7: finih your portrait in oil pastel
Step8; Draw a pattern in the background
2”x3” paper, tagboard
School pictures
Oil pastels

Pattern Britto All Student Art Project

Artist Britto
ARTIST: Romero Britto (1963-      )
was born in Recife, Brazil 
Self-taught at an early age, he painted on surfaces such as newspapers. 
In 1983, he traveled to Paris where he was introduced to the work of Matisse and Picasso. 
He combined influences from cubism with pop, to create a vibrant, iconic style that The New York Times describes, "exudes warmth, optimism and love."
In 1988, Britto moved to Miami and emerged as an international artist.  
He has also illustrated several books published by Simon & Schuster and Rizzoli. 
Britto's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in over 100 countries 
Britto considers the role of an artist to be an agent of positive change. 
He serves as a benefactor, donating time, art and resources to over 250 charitable organizations and several boards such as Best Buddies International, and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. 
Project Mini Britto for all students art project
Step1: using a pencil, draw in a rectangle
Step2: draw in a second rectangle
Step3: draw in a pattern in the largest ring
Step4: draw in a pattern in the middle ring
Step5: Draw in a heart in the middle
Step6: fill in each pattern in only two colors. 

Primary and secondary paint
Card stock rectangles
Oil pastels

Spray Paint and dotted landscapes with Seurat

Prep: cut or rip watercolor paper and construction paper into 3x8.5 strips
Cut out or hole punch 2" circles these could be yellow or printed yellow
Discussion: Pointillism: small dots next to each other when looked at from far away become a picture. 
Primary dots next to each other mix with the viewers eye. 
Look at the work Sunday afternoon at the Park by the artist Seurat
What do you see? 
What color did he use most?
Do you see a monkey?
What would you do if you were there? 
ARTIST: Georges Seurat 
French Painter
Invented pointillism
Took informal art lessons as a teen
Attended art school in Paris
He studied the relationship between lines and images and the effect light had on color
He wanted to know more about the emotional effect of color
He influenced science with his studies of colors
Step 1: paint watercolor paper with blue liquid water color paint
Step 2: on square card stock paper 8.5 x8.5, glue on blue watercolor at the top
Step3: glue on orange construction paper in the middle
Step 4 glue on pink construction paper on the bottom
Step5: spray pink and orange with two to three squirts of lime liquid watercolor in a spritz bottle
Step6: glue on your round pre cut sun shine on the top in the blue 
Step 7: with q-tips add in round flowers in all colors on the pink and orange paper
Step8: with tooth picks add in dark green centers in each flower to finish
Pink and orange construction paper 3" x 8.5"
Water color paper 3"x 8.5"
Tooth picks
tempura paint
Blue liquid watercolor
Card stock cut to 8.5"x8.5"

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