Because we are jumping between time periods and countries, it is a good idea to review where, when, and which art movement Henri Matisse worked in (France, late 19th century/early 20th century, Fauvism) before introducing Pablo Picasso (Spain, late 19th century/early 20th century, Cubism/Surrealism). These two are an interesting pair because they were actually good friends and then eventually became rivals.
Choose 2-3 20-30 minute activities from the options below:
Questions to Discuss While You Work
Do you agree with Picasso that colors can express feelings? What feelings do you associate with certain colors?
Why do you think Picasso chose to create portraits where the faces looked funny? Does a portrait have to look exactly like the person it depicts?
Blue Period Art
From 1901-1904 Picasso’s work was full of shades of green and blue. Known as his Blue Period, he felt very sad during this time and painted a lot of sad pictures. Pick an emotion and decide which color best represents that emotion. Create a painting using shades of that color.
Picasso Portrait Art
Look at photos of Picasso’s portraits. What is interesting or unique about them? Have a grown-up help you print out several photos of your face in different sizes. Cut out different facial features from the photos and rearrange them on a piece of construction paper to create a Picasso-inspired self-portrait. You can also add color with paint or crayons.