Washington Middle School seventh and eighth graders learned a bit more about the artist, Pablo Picasso, while also exercising their creative muscles by designing faces based on his style of art in Kevin Kyser’s art classes.
Students began the project by studying about Pablo Picasso’s artwork and life. Mr. Kyser showed students Picasso’s artwork from different time periods and talked about how his life affected his art. According to www.pablopicasso.org, Pablo Picasso is most known for his introduction of cubism, and modern approach to painting, which set forth the movements to follow in to the twentieth century. Not only was his art form well ahead of his time, but also the works he created went on to influence artists and painters down the line, for a period of more than 50 years, and still influences the styles of many artists today.
Mr. Kyser discussed how Picasso used cubism and lights and darks in his artwork to express emotions and then asked students to create a “face” of either someone famous, someone they knew, or just someone from their imagination in Picasso’s style. They had to create sketches and craft, out of cardboard, a three-dimensional face accenting a feature such as eyes, nose or mouth. Students also painted and decorated their faces in the style of Picasso.
“My artwork was based on several faces but overall, I created it in a Japanese style,” said Washington Middle School eighth grader, Shelby Swindell. “That style of art has always fascinated me and I wanted to see if I could incorporate it into something that was also in Picasso’s style.”