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Picasso’s art career spanned many decades and included a variety of styles and influences. Create a portrait collage inspired by his Cubist era.
Introduce students to the work of Pablo Picasso. Share Veronica Massenot's The Three Musicians: A Children's Book Inspired by Pablo Picasso. During the read aloud, discuss Picasso’s art career, viewed through the book's illustrations. Ask students to share their their responses to the illustrations. Provide Internet photographs of several of Picasso's well-known pieces, focusing on his Cubist era portrait paintings. What shapes are in these paintings? How are the faces portrayed?
Provide students with two differently colored pieces of construction paper and Crayola Washable Markers. On the two different pieces of construction paper, students use markers to draw the faces of two different people. Encourage them to use different types of lines when making the drawings, keeping in mind what they have experienced of Picasso's work. Make thick lines by drawing with the side of the marker and thin lines by drawing with the tip. Create different effects by drawing squiggly, jagged, wavy or bumpy lines with the side of the marker.
Use scissors to cut out the facial features from each of the portraits. On a separate, third piece of construction paper, arrange some facial features from each of the portraits to make a new, combined face.
Glue the features into place to create a collage. Add additional details with markers to complete the Cubist-inspired design.
Students compose a short paragraph describing how they infused Picasso's Cubism techniques into their final piece. Post student writing with artwork on a classroom bulletin board or in a school hallway.
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