Each week we discuss a different artist and then create our own artwork inspired by that artist. This week I introduced Pablo Picasso and his split personality work.
Why Art Education Is Important
Modern education has placed a huge amount of emphasis on STEM ( science, technology, engineering and mathematics ). However, I believe that putting the “A” into STEAM prepares children with the skill set they will need to become successful, well-rounded thinkers.
Art education teaches children important skills such as:
Creativity – Having imagination and bringing fresh ideas to the table is essential to progress
Confidence – Art gives children a voice, it can take them out of their comfort zones and give them a sense of pride in the finished product
Cultural Awareness – Art provides a great platform for discussion around the daily struggles and realities of people who may seem different.
Critical Thinking – The creative process includes conceptual and interpretational thinking that helps build critical thinking skills including observation, reasoning, and problem-solving.
Background On The Artist
I try to give a little bit of background for the artist. So for Picasso, I read the following:
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was a famous Spanish painter and sculptor. He
is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles in his artistic career.
He was an artist from a very young age. His mother said his first word was “pencil.” He started art lessons in figure drawing and oil painting at age 7 from his father a painter (who specialised in life-like paintings of birds).
At the age of 13 he was admitted into advanced art classes at the art school in Barcelona. By the age of 16, he quit art school and decided to pursue his own art career by studying famous artists in the art museum in Madrid.
When he was 19, he moved to Paris, France. Five years later he became a favorite artist and his work was collected by wealthy American art collectors.
Blue Period (1901-1904)
Rose Period (1904-1906)
African-Influenced Period (1907-1909)
Classicalism and Surrealism (1912-1973)
The Art Project – Pablo Picasso Split Personality
The fun part is making your own Picasso split personality face! It’s a simple activity that can be done over and over with great (and very different) results every time.
Picasso Split Personality Face
- White paper
- Black marker
- Oil pastels
- Coloured paper
- Draw the outline of a head on your white paper. If your child is a little bit older they can do this themselves.
- Blindfold your child or have them close their eyes and draw interesting facial features (eyes, nose, mouth etc).Let them open their eyes and add further detail.
- Colour in the face with oil pastels.
- Cut out the face and glue to coloured paper.