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Re: lessons on cubism

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Kauai Academy of Arts (kaca)
Tue, 2 Mar 1999 11:02:03 -1000

I've been teaching a unit on Picasso's Portraits for several years as an
artist-in-residence (let's don't even go THERE!!!). We do cubist paintings,
clay busts and a relief face which can be made with wood chips (these can be
purchased from several of the craft catalogues) or loads of foam-cor and mat
board shapes that are pre-cut. With the relief, we layer shapes onto a
heavy piece of poster board building out a face. Then we paint it all
black, then we go back and add dry brushing in bright colors on top. This
gives a lot of depth. Some kids even glue collages eyes and lips from
magazines onto their relief--these are very wacky! Its a great project and
a bit different than standard 2-D painting.

Its crucial to show kids the work of Picasso and how he abstracted an
image--say of a man sitting at a table. Showing a sequence of these
drawings will help students understand what he was doing with the image by
showing us multiple views at one time and "facets." I made a lot of
transparencies from big art books on Picasso--most are black and white
drawings that clearly illustrate his progression from realistic rendering
through abstraction of the same image. I draw face parts on the board from
a front and then a profile view, then we look for these different views in
Picasso's paintings.

Deb Rosenbaum