To kick off our next lesson, which covers many new concepts, third graders navigated through a series of stations in Art. Here they are:
1. Listen to Greg Percy’s song Picasso Polka. Track along with the lyrics. Look at the examples of work from Picasso’s Cubist period. Rewrite lyrics to a tune you know well. Make sure your lyrics tell about the Cubist period like Picasso Polka does.
2. Look at The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso. Discuss what you see and what emotions the image shows. Use props to recreate this painting, then interview the student acting as the guitarist.
3. Use a variety of supplies (oil pastels, dry pastels, pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons and markers) to create value scales. Your job is to find out how to make tints and shades with these different materials.
4. Look at the artwork examples from Picasso’s Blue Period. Answer the discussion questions (based on subject matter, emotion, color choices, value, etc) with your team. Keep track of what everyone shares out on a web.
5. Discuss the definitions of abstract, non-objective and realistic with your team. Record what you know on the sketch paper. Then, using the objects at the station, draw a realistic and abstract drawing of the object. Second, create a non-objective design.
After students completed these stations, they moved into the project that builds on their knowledge and experience with Picasso, value and types of art. Watch for that project to be posted soon!