Things are winding down with the school year. I'm finishing my last two weeks in the Spanish class. I'm really going to miss these kids!
The kids, for the most part are so D-O-N-E with learning vocabulary.
To change things up, we are learning, instead of about famous Hispanic artists. We looked at art from Salvador Dali to Frida Kahlo. But, we're mainly focusing on the prolific work of Pablo Picasso.
These are grade school kids, so we aren't going heavy in to his art and what it means, but we are looking at a few awesome pieces. This is also a great time to discuss naming customs in Spain. Picasso's given name is pretty long and it brought up a lot of questions from the kids as to why or if Picasso got in trouble, his mom had to yell out the ENTIRE name!
I created this grade school friendly Picasso Power Point. It includes guided questions and instructions for creating our finished art projects.
I couldn't do a lesson on artists without the kids creating their own art. The instructions are very basic.
Lesson: Learning About Piccaso
Time: 25 minutes for 5 days
Objective: Teach children about Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, introducing them to cubism and surrealist art and Spanish culture.
Day 1: Dropping in on Pablo Picasso Video
Day 2: Getting to know the World's Great Artists: Picasso and begin power point
Day 3: Finish Power Point. If time allows, continue discussion of other Hispanic Artists: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Salvador Dali.
Day 4: Pencil Sketches
Day 5: Oil Pastels on Cardstock
The first day of drawing, the children create their self portraits in pencil. Just a basic sketch. The younger kids may need help. For the kindergarteners and first graders, it works best to trace their profiles. Many of the older kids preferred to work this way, as well. We started with a profile first, then completed the front view. Next, the children outlined the pencil in black. Since I only have 30 minutes with my classes, this is as far as we got on the first day of creating.
On day two, students chose five colors to work with and colored, with crayon, very carefully (you know how some kids like to rush!) their drawing on the white paper.
Day three, students used their draft on white paper as a guide to recreating their portraits with oil pastels on construction paper.
In addition to the power point, we also spent a class watching Dropping in on Picasso. It's definitely geared towards the younger set, but it was a nice way to review for the older kids and introduce Picasso to the younger ones.
The big task next, for me, is to find a way to adapt this whole lesson for the secondary set and tie it in with modernist literature. That ought to be fun ;)
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