We read a few Picasso books this week, and did a related craft.
First, we looked through this nonfiction book, which the Bibliophile was surprisingly interested in:
Picasso from the "Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists" series) --
We didn't read every bit of text (suggested age range appears to be 9-12 years), but I read selected excerpts as we flipped through and looked at the photographs, cartoons, and paintings. The book includes paintings from different periods of Picasso's life. The various styles include portraits (one he did at only 15 years old), works from his Blue and Rose Periods, and, of course, examples of cubist paintings. This looks like a great series, if you are searching for books on other artists.
Next, we did our craft, which was a collage to create a "Picasso man," as the Bibliophile called it. I cut various facial parts (and a few arms) out of Family Fun magazines, gave him a few pieces of construction paper and a glue stick, and let him go to town.
|Notice the eyes above the hairdo.|
I love this photograph of him studying the Picasso painting as he works:
Here are a few of his finished collages:
Later, we read this very cute book:
When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden. Not for those averse to puns (like my husband), this picture book tells the story of Pigasso and Mootisse, who inadvertently become neighbors and begin feuding. In the end, their rivalry develops into friendship.
An interesting back section explains how the storyline mirrors reality, in that Picasso and Matisse were in fact friends, at one point said some "bad things" about each other's work, but over time became life-long friends. I'd definitely recommend it, but probably for a slightly older child (Bibliophile isn't quite 3 yet). Incidentally, for those with younger kids, the Bibliophile absolutely loved Nina Laden's board books when he was younger.At first, Pigasso and Mootisse seemed satisfied. Both artists went back to painting by themselves. But after awhile, Pigasso was surprised to find that he missed that bull-headed Mootisse. At the same time, Mootisse found his studio empty without the presence of pig-headed Pigasso.
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Comments: Have you been up to any artsy fun lately? Are you a Picasso-fan?
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