The Girl with the Pony Tail – Picasso

When I first really started to be interested in art, modern abstract art never appealed.  My favourite painting was Paul Deloroche’s The Execution of Lady Jane Grey because it always fascinated me how realistic the fabric of her dress was.  I valued realism above all else.

Over last 8 years or so though I’ve developed much more of a taste for modern art – mainly due to the bright colours and the fun and creativity they inspire when working with children.

New term means new artist and one we couldn’t wait to get started with – Picasso.

As usual we started off with the picture book from the Anholt’s Artist’s series.  I can’t rate these highly enough.

Then we worked on two pieces of art.  The first was a simple pencil sketch of a live model (me).

20150108_20Then we looked at one of the more abstract pictures and discussed how Picasso had simplified some shapes and amplified others.

We took some photos of Sam and one out to A4 size.

Sam traced the picture on to tracing paper, simplifying the shapes.

20150108_10 20150108_13Then all the different areas we coloured in and the lines drawn over with black pen.  Very pleased with results.  We discussed the possibility of adding bolts as looked a bit Frankenstein like 🙂

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I had a go too.

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Rest of the day passed pleasantly enough.  He amused himself during spelling with daft notes :).  The writing activity was Thank you cards for friends who had bought him Christmas presents – others have long gone in the post but we’ve not seen anyone since Christmas really and these are ones to hand deliver.  We had a game of pairs for the first time in ages.


Afternoon was spent at a friend’s and then it was tea and Gang Show.



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