Friday, July 20, 2018

Painting Like Pablo Picasso

Face of Woman, 1962


"The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?"

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printer, ceramist, and stage designer who is considered one of the most influential 20th century artists. 

Picasso's early paintings were very realistic in style, but his painting became more angular and abstract throughout his career as an artist. He explained why above. He also said, "It takes a long time to become young," which may explain how his work evolved from carefully rendered realism to the strange, playful caricatures that we are so familiar with. 

For our artwork, we made our own "Split Personality" sculptures, similar to Picasso's paintings that seem to portray two (or more) faces in one, such as Face of Woman shown above.   

We cut an asymmetrical shape out of corrugated cardboard, divided it into three sections and painted each section a different color and we stamped patterns in some of them.

The we cut out more cardboard shapes for facial features like eyes, ears, and lips, or selected other items to glue on.  

Additional items such as pipe cleaners, craft sticks, beads, straws, and recycled objects were attached to enhance the face sculptures.

The corrugated cardboard made it easy to insert pipe cleaners and other items into the sculpture for "hair" and other embellishments. 

We created stands for our  sculptures by wrapping a chopstick with washi tape and a piece of floral foam in duct tape. Then we inserted the stick into the bottom of the face and the other end into the foam for a perfect base for our sculptures!

This project was definitely a HIT! The kids LOVED their Picasso-style "Split Personality" art sculptures!!!

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