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Lesson Plans


Picasso Unit

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David Zimmerman (fastedy)
Mon, 2 Mar 1998 18:23:47 -1000


Hi Michael:

Sorry you had a problem with the Picasso Stravinsky thing. I've used that
upside down thing for years as a beginning exercise im my drawing classes
and always find it to be a confidence booster. I've also played a bit of
Stravinsky--just a little bit, so the kids could make a connection to the
type of music being produced at the time of this work. You can see strong
connections between the work of writers, musicians and visual artists
during this period of the 1910 - 20's.

In my curent unit on Picasso I included the Stravinsky drawing only because
I already had a transperency of it. I used it to show a progression in
Picasso's work toward abstraction. Compared with some of his other
portrait drawings of the time, the big hands and abstract lines emerging in
the pant legs and chair show a good lead into other more cubist distortions.

Betty Edwards has become somewhat of an icon in art education circles so
its no wonder a supervising teacher would question your use of her selected
materials in a new way. Perhaps you need to question what your objectives
are in the lesson. Are you trying to focus on Picasso, drawing portraits,
linking music to art or ??? Determine your focus.

My unit is focusing on portraits and Picasso's evolution through his
portriats. I've done the unit with second, fifth and sixth graders. I am
amazed how much kids can figure out on their own when they are shown
chronological examples of Picasso's work. I think they are rewarded when
they make these discoveries and are encouraged to trust their own abilities
to decipher art works. The unit has been a combination of art history,
aesthetics and studio activities. We've done expressive cubist busts in
clay, paintings. drawings, and cardboard assembledges interspersed with
technical instruction in color mixing and accurate mapping out of the human
face. Its been my first real successful unit employing all DBAE
principles. I'm very happy with the kids work.

Let me know if have any other questions.
Deb Rosenbaum

Always take time to stop and smell the roses... and sooner or later,
you'll inhale a bee.


  • Maybe reply: Walter Krueger: "Re: Picasso Unit"