Monday, September 27, 2010

Picasso Craft for the Preschool Set

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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 (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)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 MootisseWhen 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. 
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.
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.

I will be linking this post up with Artists and Art, Kids Get Crafty, Read Aloud Thursday, Read.Explore.Learn, Sunday Best, and STart

Comments: Have you been up to any artsy fun lately?  Are you a Picasso-fan?

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Joyful Learner said...

I read the first book but not the second. Pigasso and Mootise sounds interesting! What a great idea for a collage and introducing picasso's work. I love how he has his legs crossed while studying the picture. He looks really absorbed.

There were different periods of my life when I was fascinated with different artists. It began with Renoir then moved onto Picasso (his biography was fascinating and disturbing), Van Gogh, Matisse (saw his collection at MoMa where I fell in love with his cut-outs), Cassat, Miro, Rothko, and then finally Calder. It's kind of how people remember different music for different periods in their life. Picasso was my most turbulent times. :)

The girl who painted trees said...

Thanks for linking up! We've read that second book. My third graders loved it when we did our Picasso unit.

Raising a Happy Child said...

Excellent books and very nice activity for Picasso. I love art myself, but I admit that I am not a big fan of anything beyond impressionist period. One exception - Marc Chagall, a native of my own country Belarus.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Great job at exposing your little one to fine art!

RedTedArt said...

Wow! We "did" the Rennaisance the other week. This is brilliant love it!! A great way to introduce the great artist to litte ones!

Thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty! Much appreciated!


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Very interesting book choices! We will have to check those out. And, I love the pictures of your little guy studying the photos of the painting, too :)

sbswtp said...

What a great project!

Brimful Curiosities said...

Love the portrait collages. Looks like a fun craft to do and I like how you tied it in with the Picasso books.

Debbie said...

What a great way of introducing art to your little guy. I love the pictures of him studying the pictures as he works on his art!

amandab said...

There are some great picture story books for kids about artist out there, don't you think? We have borrowed books on Firda Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe and Princess has really loved them!

I ha ve just finished chopping up my magazines for pictures, but will have to try and find something to see if we can try these face collages too a I can imagine that they would be lots of fun. A Mr Potato Head on paper :)

Mozer said...

I really need to do better at integrating artist study in our year. This looks like a fantastic project and I'm bookmarking it.

artsy_momma said...

Cute project!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love how you used magazine pictures.

Please stop by and link this activity to Read.Explore.Learn on my blog.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Thanks for joining Read.Explore.Learn. I love have a place on my blog where I can get quick reminders of where I found great ideas to try with JDaniel.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Oh, I love this activity!!! Although I'm not a huge Picasso fan, I do plan to do artist studies with my girls. These books look really good. Thanks for linking up to Read Aloud Thursday!