Art of Pablo Picasso

Art of Pablo Picasso

In conjunction with a Social Studies unit on Spain, the artist introduces the work of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Picasso drew from many aspects of Spanish culture in creating his work, but always with an original stamp. In each lesson students examine elements and principles of art such as line, shape, form, space, light, color and texture with a variety of visual arts media. In addition, students demonstrate expressive qualities of mood and emotions. They will create a face, a mask, still life, and two clay pieces. Each lesson is started with a 3 minute line-drawing warm-up.

Grade 3
Content Area Social Studies
Key Benchmark SS 3.6.1: Explain that different cultures have unique values, beliefs, and practices.

Art Form Visual Arts
Art Benchmark FA 3.1.1: Use the elements and principles of art and design, including value, line, rhythm, movement, proportion, and balance
School Year 2006-2007
Artist Anita Broennimann
Unit Plan

GLO #3 Complex Thinker
Assessment Proper use of material and participation in discussion :

Lesson Plans

LP 1 Picasso's Faces

Students are introduced to the cubist portraits of Pablo Picasso. Given 2 pieces of paper, they are instructed to draw two different faces (one on each sheet). They color them with crayons and tempera paint.

LP 2 Making Faces

Students cut out the different parts of the two faces that they created in Lesson 1 and glue them on a new piece of paper to create a Picasso-style face.

LP 3 Picasso-style Still Life

After looking at some of Picasso's still life paintings, students create their own Picasso-like still life, using tempera paint and crayons.

LP 4 Toro Masks

Students look at masks created by Picasso, along with his drawings of bulls and the bullfight. Then they create a paper mask representing a toro (bull). They learn to utilize elements and principles of design in a 3-dimensional form.

LP 5 Decorating the Masks

Students assemble and decorate the mask with various odds and ends.

LP 6 Spanish Tiles

Students look at examples of traditional Spanish pottery and at the pottery of Pablo Picasso. Then they create a traditional Spanish tile.

LP 7 Abstract Sculpture

Student look at examples of Picasso’s sculpture. Then they create an abstract clay sculpture.

LP 8 Painting and Sealing the Clay Pieces

All the finished clay works are painted with acrylic paint and sealed with an acrylic sealant.

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Lesson 2 - Making Faces
Lesson 2 - Making Faces
Lesson 2 - Making Faces
Lesson 3 - Picasso-style Still Life
Lesson 3 - Picasso-style Still Life
Lesson 5 - Decorating the Masks
Lesson 5 - Decorating the Masks
Lesson 7 - Abstract Sculpture
Lesson 7 - Abstract Sculpture
Lesson 7 - Abstract Sculpture