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Re: Looking for Lessons on specific artists


Date: Mon Oct 22 2001 - 11:07:39 PDT

Here's one for Picasso, I do it with 1st or second grade
Artie. Its for the print of "Le Petite Fleurs" It follows a lesson on basic
and organic shapes.

Materials: 18 by 22 papers, white construction. Red and orange tempera.
Brushes and plastic plates for palettes. Box crayons, paper towels. Print of
Picasso's 'Le Petite Fleurs"
Scan the prints for shapes, lines, colors. Write on board for reference.
Discuss and remember the shapes from previous lessons.
Discuss life of Artist (see below).
Pass out white background paper. Place paper in ‘portrait position’
(vertical). Name and ID. at lower right. Locate center and mark with a light
point. Note and point out the upper and lower halves.
Look at the drawing of hands in the print “Le Petite Fleurs.” Students draw
two hands by tracing.
 around own hands as follows:
1. Turning paper to horizontal position and laying arm and hand on paper
under the center point and in lower half, trace around hand and lower arm.
2. Turning paper upside down (still horizontal), laying hand and arm just
below other hand in still in lower half, trace around hand and arm. Should
have two hands one below the other. Turn paper back to vertical. Retrace
lines with black crayon to produce a thick line.
Warm colors: With red and yellow paint, paint 2 organic circles in upper half
of paper. Mix a little red and yellow to make orange, paint an orange circle.
Add petals around flowers in radiating lines.
Cool colors: With blue and red paint, mix violet and magenta, notice that
magenta needs extra red.
Paint a violet circle, add magenta petals. Add violet petals to red circle.
Cool colors. With light and dark green crayons, add vertical lines from
flowers to hands and down through the hands. Add some green lines curving out
of the top.
Sign in black crayon like the Picasso signature on the print.

Do the hands appear to be holding the flowers? Did you use warm and cool
Should adult artists try to paint like children? Why do you think Picasso did?

Artistic Heritage: (culture, style ,artist, content , context, title, dates
Pablo Ruiz Picasso. 1881--1973. Spain, France. Cubism, abstract...all
Premier western artist of 20th century.