Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Picasso "I paint objects as I think them."

We began our artist study with Pablo Picasso.  Picasso was born in 1881 in Malaga, Spain.  He moved to France around 1900.  He said "I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them" and he loved to shock and surprise people with his work.  Most of all, he wanted to inspire us to dream.  During his Blue Period (1901-1904) which was before he became famous for his Cubism, he painted with shades of blue paint to represent his paintings about loneliness and despair.  After this was the Rose (sometimes known as Pink) Period (1904-1906) where he used warmer colors to represent his moods.   The art project that follows is taken from this time of his life. 
We used several books for the above information and if you are interested in finding more information on Picasso or any other famous artists please click here.

For a few of our studies we also used a series of art activity packs created by Mila Boutan.  There is a very informative book about the artist and his work.  We didn't use the activity that accompanied the pack (this was true for all the packs we got of this series) but we did like the book. 

Our project came from the book Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Kim Solga.  It is called One Color Painting.  The kids each chose a main color and then mixed in other colors to get shades of their main color.   We made 6 shades for each child (Brooke chose green, Taylor chose blue and D chose, you guessed it, yellow) and then they began painting.
Here is the final product:


Catherine said...

FUN! i love picasso. My favorite painting and the one I have been trying to paint is from the Blue Period...Old Man with a Guitar. Maybe yall can help me on the skin tone :)

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