Week 2 at Fishtown Rec Center, Pre-K, learned about the famous Pablo Picasso!
Did you know his FULL name is actually Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso ??
First, we read the book Picasso Loves Shapes by Judiee . We learned about Picasso, his love for shapes, and how many different things you can do with shapes! We named all different kinds of shapes we knew and talked about our favorite shapes. We looked around the room for different shapes, too.
The Pre-K students began by tracing a variety of wood block shapes onto their large papers to create their background. Some of the students created buildings while others chose an abstract route- both methods Picasso would have loved and done himself! One of our youngest students, age 4, learned if she traced two triangles next to one another, it looked like a butterfly! So she added an oval in the middle for the body, a circle for the head, and two lines for the antennae. She filled in the triangles with purple to create some colorful wings.
After they were finished drawing their shapes, they outlined their shapes with markers.
We learned that Picasso loved doves and often incorporated them into his work. I even wore a Picasso inspired t-shirt with a dove in the center of four cubist faces! We recognized doves in a few of his works and discussed why it would be a bad idea to invite birds into your bedroom (like Picasso did!!).
Next step in the art, the students were given dove cut outs to glue onto their shape backgrounds. They were given paint in a variety of colors to use how they wished. Most of the group chose to paint in their doves, but a few added details around the dove and onto the background.
These Pre-K students created an abstract piece of art inspired by Picasso, his love for shapes and his love for doves!