reading & writing with art

March 07, 2014

Picasso Pigs, Roosters & Guitars...reading, writing & art...oh my

Kindergarten & 1st graders are ROCKING PICASSO's Blue Period and learning about the 3 Musicians with these cool collages!  Their favorite part...is "READING" the music.  I pulled up some familiar tunes that they knew and we are making mini music books to hang with their pieces...I cant get them all put together yet...because they will not quit reading and singing them... :)!!  They love these pieces....they totally ROCK!

5th Grade is in the middle of making sculptures of the Rooster!  We are using tin for these sculptures and they are going to look "tin-fiffic"!

3rd & 4th are making Picasso Pigs with paper mache.  Yes...we hope these pigs will fly!!  More photos to come and power points as our pieces develop!

READING & WRITING PIECE: Have them work in small groups to read, discuss & answer the questions on the form below.
Pass out the Mr. Picasso Head sheet.  Have them think about the Picasso reference in the movie Toy Story and discuss.  Pass out marker buckets and have them design their own Picasso potato head. 

http://mrnussbaum.com/artists/picasso/maya.jpgPablo Picasso was born in Málaga, Spain. His father, Jose Ruiz Blasco, was an artist and art professor who gave Pablo art lessons. His mother was Maria Picasso y Lopez. According to his mother, his first word was “piz” when he was trying to say “lápiz,” the Spanish word for pencil.
Picasso was not a good student. He often had to go to detention. Here’s what he said about it.
“For being a bad student I was banished to the ‘calaboose’ – a bare cell with whitewashed walls and a bench to sit on. I liked it there; because I took along a sketch pad and drew incessantly … I could have stayed there forever drawing without stopping”
When he was nine, Picasso finished his first painting, Le picador. It shows a man on a horse at a bullfight. When he started painting, he used a realistic style. He began to experiment with different techniques and styles. When he was 13, he was admitted to the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona, Spain. When he was 16, Picasso’s father and uncle decided to send him to Madrid’s Royal Academy of San Fernando. This was Spain’s top art school. He did not like formal instruction and soon stopped going to classes. He loved Madrid and enjoyed going to The Prado museum to see paintings by famous Spanish painters. He particularly liked El Greco’s work.
In 1900, Picasso went to Paris. He met Max Jacob, a journalist and poet. Max helped Picasso learn to speak French. He also met many of the famous artists who lived in Paris. In 1905, American art collectors Leo and Gertrude Stein began to collect his work and helped to make him famous.
Picasso's work is divided into periods - The Blue Period (1901-1904), which were sad looking paintings using blue and blue-green colors.

The Rose Period (1905-1907), which was a more happy style with orange and pink colors. The African-influenced Period (1908-1909) and The Cubism Period (1909- 1919)
He and Georges Braque invented Cubism, a form of painting that featured simple geometric shapes. He is also known for making collages – gluing previously unrelated things together with images. He created oil paintings, sculpture, drawings, stage designs, tapestries, rugs, etchings, collage, and architecture. No other painter or sculptor was as famous while he was still alive. It is estimated that Picasso produced at least 50,000 works of art: 1,885 paintings; 1,228 sculptures; 2,880 ceramics, roughly 12,000 drawings, many thousands of prints, and numerous tapestries and rugs. He also wrote plays and poetry. He became very wealthy.
Some of his famous paintings include: The Old Guitarist; Asleep and Seated Woman, which portray Marie-Therese Walter, one of the women he loved; Guernica, a mural about the Spanish Civil War; and Three Musicians.
He died April 8, 1973 in Mougins, France.

                                                                                 Name: ___________________________________
Picasso quotes:
“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. ”
“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ”
“He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t. This is an inexorable, indisputable law. ”
“Action is the foundational key to all success.”
Write 1 interesting fact about Picasso

Write 1 interesting fact about Picasso.
Why do you think Picasso is better known then other artist of his era?

Draw a sketch of one of Picasso’s art pieces in this box.

How would you describe Picasso’s art work?
What are two things that Picasso’s art work makes you wonder?


Name: ___________________________________
Draw your own Mr. Picasso Head

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