Thursday, October 12, 2017

Picasso Portrait Inspired Art Lesson Using Folded Paper and Watercolor



There are so many ways to teach Picasso portraits, 
I'm working with 3rd grade so I wanted to keep it simple.
I'll show them some of Picasso's Portraits and then go into the project - demonstrating each step.



I'm going to ask them to create diagonal folds, not even folds that create squares on their page, but more random folds.
They should make about 5 folds and then using a ruler go over the fold lines with a sharpie.
Looking at the lines on their page and turning it around from different sides they should see the suggestion of a face and they can begin sketching.
I'm going to show them how to use the lines to begin the eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth, chin etc...



When they have a face they like they should go over it with sharpie.
Now they can use watercolor to finish the portrait.  
I am going to emphasize complementary colors which is another way to force them to be more abstract, but also something Picasso did in his paintings.


Student Work












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  2. I love teaching my 2 kids about abstract art, or as my 5 yr old says: adinact art lol. I love this, and can't wait to try!!!

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  3. what is the eye nose and mouth sheet they have next to them?

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