Picasso's flowers by fanzhongqing


									Grade: Kindergarten - Picasso’s Flowers

PRINT: Mains aux fleurs

ARTIST: Pablo Picasso (PAB lo pea KA so) 1881-1973

“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”

Picasso’s full name is Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de
los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. He was a child prodigy,
taking advanced classes at the Royal Academy of Art in Barcelona when he was only 15.
He soon became bored and moved to Paris to explore more creative ways of expressing
himself. He was very poor and his first works reflected the poor of Paris – his “Blue
Period”. Next was his “Rose Period” where he painted circus people. His revolutionary
Cubist works, with their distorted shapes and fragmented forms, established art as a genre
that does not need to literally represent reality. He was an artistic virtuoso who co-
founded Cubism, and produced an astounding 50,000 paintings, prints, drawings and
sculptures during his brilliant 80-year career. He eagerly embraced every medium from
primitive art to sketches to Surrealism, Picasso had an unrivaled influence upon 20th
century art.


MATERIALS:            9 ½ x 12 Newsprint paper (warm up exercise)
                        12 x 18 white paper
                        Black Sharpie
                        Crayons or oil pastels
                        Still life of flowers in vases set up on tables

First talk with students about line as an art element. Line is the basis for all drawing. Line
has direction: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, and meandering. Line can create shape by
connecting a line onto itself. There are two types of line: manmade and organic.
Warm up activity:
Have the students look around the room and point out manmade lines. Have them point
out organic lines. Fold the piece of newsprint paper into 6 equal sections. (A parent can
do this before hand to save time.) Each section will be filled with a different line type.
    1. Horizontal (resting line) - when we lie down and rest we are horizontal
    2. Vertical – more active line when you are standing up right
    3. Diagonal – line showing movement, runner’s body is diagonal when running
    4. Zig-zag or angular – showing tension or action
    5. Organic – smooth and flowing
    6. Manmade – more angular and hard edge
Now show students the print. Have the students point out the different types of line in the
print. Why did the artist select these lines for the particular area? Look at the way the
finger disappears. Why is the artist doing this? Does the hand look real? Do the flowers
look real or like cartoon flowers? Why did the artist decide to draw this subject matter?
Do you get a good feeling when you look at this picture? What kind of mood is the artist

1.With pencil the students draw a simple vase with flowers in it using the different line
varieties they have just learned. Before hand you can place a small mark with pencil
showing a bottom and a top of where they will place the vase. This will make them draw
the vase bigger. The marks on the top for the vase should be about 1/3 – ½ up the paper.
2. After completion, they will go over the lines with black sharpie pens.
3. Add pattern on the vase.
4. Fill in the flowers with color. Use oil pastels or crayons.

www.museupicasso.bcn.es/en - Picasso museum
http://picasso.com - short video on his life

Pablo Picasso in 1962

Stacy Riley 2011-2012

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