Picasso’s Faces

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I have been discussing Pablo Picasso in most of my 4th and 5th grade classes.  Students love looking at Picasso’s many faces and learning about cubism.  They love how you don’t have to draw realistic and the faces look distorted.  We started by drawing the profile drawing first.  They have to look at someone they sit with to understand how you see someone from the side.  Then we draw the other half of the face from the front.  We add the facial details and discuss how you would see hair from the front and side of a person.  They have to add lines and create pattern in the background.  Students trace all pencil lines with a black marker and then color the entire project in oil pastel.  Oil pastel allows the students to mix and blend colors along with keeping the colors bold.  These are so much fun to look at in the hallway.

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