Sunday, September 5, 2010

Multi-Media Cubist Roosters
















Inspiration - Picasso's Le Coq



Phase 1 - decoupage






Painting over direct line draw of rooster


Paint piece using a limited palette



My students this session will be creating art pieces with some added twists. One of my first projects is a multi-media piece based on Picasso's, "Le Coq." To add some extra visual interest the children will decoupage some ripped material with watered down glue. I'm offering phone book pages, newspaper, scrapbook paper, recycled textured paper, tissue paper, and magazines. I will encourage the children to repeat their choices to give their artwork some visual movement. The following week they will go over their textured board with a direct line drawing lesson of Picasso's abstracted rooster. I think the bold geometric shapes will work very well for the children. They will paint over their pencil lines with black acrylic and a stiff thin brush. They can choose to paint over some of the lines of their ripped paper or keep their composition more simple. My background is a bit involved. They can opt to paint over their materials to create a more solid background (like Picasso). By offering a limited palette, I explain that their eyes will dance around their repeated colors and patterns. I will also point out how Picasso's repetition of lines, shapes and colors cause the viewers eye to move around his painting. (example: Look how many times Picasso repeated the triangle kids?)


9 comments:

  1. I love Picasso's collages. I think I could make something like this work with my pre-k's ...thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. I think I'll have to bring in one of my pet chickens and try this with a few classes

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  3. Great plans! I think I'd like to try this sometime with some of my students! I like your idea of starting with a collage.

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  4. Hey Mary,
    I love this! Excellent method for teaching the at times "difficult" concept of Cubism. I see this working really well with the younger grades.
    Thanks so much.

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  5. Great lesson idea mary! We started some peacocks in class yesterday-can't wait to see how they turned out. I've got to get back to posting stuff but now I'm so behind I don't know where to start.

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  6. Thank you Mary! I don't remember if I've commented on your blog before, but you have some great lessons! Your descriptions are also very informative, I feel like I'm learning too:)

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  7. Thank you all for your comments. We finished phase 1 yesterday. I'm looking forward to seeing all the finished pieces.

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  8. Great lesson plan! My fourth/fifth grade classes have just finished cubist self-portraits, then they made a miniature cubist sculpture garden with clay heads placed on small wooden blocks as sculpture stands. When they are fired, we'll hot glue them on their stands & they will use acrylic paints & a limited palette to paint the heads and stands. While we're waiting for the firing to be done, we'll try your idea for the rooster!

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  9. Loved this idea, too. Blogged about it as well :) http://inartclass.blogspot.com/2012/03/picasso-roosters.html

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