When I first started teaching, I was shocked to see the amount of students who did not know who Pablo Picasso was. I just took it for granted that everybody knew this amazing artist. Well it’s safe to say that I no longer assume anything and so now, to give the students a head start, I try to introduce Pablo Picasso as early as kindergarten.
I begin by reading the kids a few pages of the book: Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists – Picasso.
Students learned about Picasso’s father being an art teacher, how he had a blue period and a rose period, and one of his most popular art movements: cubism.
We studied the following paintings:
Next, I had the kiddies draw a face using a few of Picasso’s trademark facial features: noses with nostrils and eyelashes, etc.
I’m teaching this lesson up to 4th grade. I always like to see how projects can transition throughout the grade levels.
Next week we will cut up the faces and arrange them a mumbled/jumbled way in a similar fashion of the amazing Pablo Picasso.