We ended our study of Picasso by looking at some of the sculptures he made from materials scavenged from skips. Then let the children loose with my ‘we can make something out of this’ box (well one of them ;)) and a load of tape.
A move away from portraits this week. Still enjoying Picasso. This week we followed this activity. We prepared a collage of ripped up scrap paper a few days ahead. On the day they drew guitars with Sharpies. Sam’s is a rock guitar if not obvious. Then painted blocks of colour with poster paint.
Started off the day with looking how our ice mobile worked. Kind of is the best answer. Think you need to live further north for this one.
We’d collected some natural materials and arranged them in shallow containers, filled with water and laid a ribbon over the top before leaving in the garden overnight on a very cold night.
Art group was Picasso’s Girl with a Boat
Started off as ever with picture study. Sam’s memory is getting better, not sure if this sort of exercise is actually helping but will plug on as obviously not harming.
We drew simple faces on paper.
Cut them up into largish pieces. Painting the pieces in bright colours.
When the paint was dry, drew over the lines with black sharpies and glued the pieces to black poster paper. We rotated some pieces, left gaps and in Sam’s case went completely random as he discovered that using dark paint over the pencil hadn’t been a good idea.
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.
Then we worked on two pieces of art. The first was a simple pencil sketch of a live model (me).
Then 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.
Then 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 🙂
I had a go too.
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.