I feel kind of glazed over today as I’m fighting a cold (yes you can get them in the summer, even in the desert apparently) and it’s been a rather long day. Aside from that, I have managed to get a fair amount of work done so far this week since Sunday, so I am pleased with that.
This Kids Cafe was pretty cool because I only knew the basics about Picasso, so I got to learn a lot as well. He does have the longest name of any historical figure (that I’m aware of at least). I knew he was the father, so to speak, of Cubism, but I didn’t really know anything about his other art periods. I also had no idea that he even did sculpture, collages or etchings. He had an amazingly large body of work. The kids had an interesting time with the Picasso-style portaits, and I did have a few takers for the Cubist guitars as well.
KC Pablo Picasso – March 27
- “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ” Pablo Picasso
- Born Oct 1881 in Spain
- He was named after various saints and relatives: Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso.
- When he was 7 yrs old, his father (who was also a painter) gave him training in figure drawing and oil painting
- First Major Paintings
- Background Info
- At age 13, Pablo studied art in Madrid and then went to Paris when he was 19. In 1900 Paris was considered the art capital of Europe.
- In 1905, American art collectors Leo and Gertrude Stein began to collect his work and helped to make him famous. It was through them that he met fellow artist Henri Matisse and the two became lifelong friends.
Aside from paintings, Picasso also created ceramic and bronze sculptures, drawings, etchings and poetry. He was also famous for doing collages (gluing previously unrelated things together with images), like his friend Matisse.
- His work is divided into 4 major periods
- The Blue Period (1901-04)
- These were sad paintings done in blue and green colors
- The Old Guitarist, 1903
- The Rose Period (1905-1907)
- These were happier and done in orange, red, oranges and beiges
- Les Baladins (Mother and Child, Acrobats), 1904-05
- The African-Influence Period (1908-1909)
- African artworks were being brought back to Paris museums after the French Empire established colonies in Africa
- Picasso liked the expressive style of the African masks and sculpture
- Head of a Woman, 1907 and Dan Mask
- The Cubism Period (1909-1921)
- Other Famous Works
- Girl Before a Mirror, 1932
- Guernica, 1937
- Guernica is one of Picasso’s most well-known works and was created in response and in protest to the 1937 bombing of the Basque village of Guernica in Northern Spain during the Spanish Civil War. The large, 25.6 ft wide and 11 ft tall mural emphasizes the horrors of war and the suffering inflicted on innocent civilians.
- Guernica and Scale of Guernica pic for comparison
- Dove of Peace, 1949
- Guernica, 1937
- Final Thoughts
- Picasso produced over 1,800 paintings and 1,200 sculptures.
- He was married twice and had four children. He died of a heart attack, in April 1973, at age 91 in France
Activity: either Picasso Portraits (http://www.thatartistwoman.org/2012/02/in-style-of-picasso-portraits.html) or Guitars (http://artwithmrssmith.blogspot.com/2009/07/picasso-and-guitars.html)
Below are my examples of both the Guitar and Picasso portrait. I liked the guitar better. I had some examples of Cubist facial features (found somewhere online, can’t remember exact source) as well laminated to help the kids decide what to use for the portraits, featured below my examples: