- Paints (acrylic or tempera)
- Cardboard pieces cut into various sizes and shapes
- Chalkboard pens or markers
Introduction to Picasso
Begin by introducing the kids to Pablo Picasso, explaining his unique style and how he often distorted shapes and played with perspectives in his artwork. Show them some examples of his famous abstract portraits.
Steps To Follow
- Lay down newspapers or a plastic tablecloth to protect the workspace from paint spills. Make sure each child has all the necessary materials in front of them.
- Creating the Base: Give each child a piece of cardboard as their canvas. They can choose from a variety of sizes and shapes to create their unique artwork. The irregular shapes will add to the abstract nature of the project.
- Painting: Encourage the kids to use their imagination and creativity to paint abstract faces on the cardboard. They can use bold and vibrant colors, just like Picasso did. The idea is to create faces using abstract shapes, geometric forms, and bold lines.
- Mixing Techniques: Kids can experiment with different painting techniques, such as splattering, dripping, and layering, to add texture and depth to their artwork.
- Distorted Features: Following Picasso’s style, suggest that they create features that are out of proportion or in unexpected places. Eyes can be placed on the sides of the face, noses can be abstract shapes, and mouths can be exaggerated or asymmetrical.
- Letting it Dry: Allow the painted cardboard pieces to dry completely before moving on to the next step. This could take some time, so it’s a good opportunity to take a break or discuss more about Picasso’s art.
- Adding Details: Provide chalkboard pens or markers for the kids to add finer details to their abstract faces. They can outline shapes, add patterns, or write their names.
- Remember, the key to this project is encouraging creativity and embracing the uniqueness of each child’s interpretation of Picasso’s style. It’s all about having fun and exploring the world of abstract art!