For this project, we learned about the child prodigy and leader of the Cubist movement, Pablo Picasso! As a child, Picasso was already considered one of the best in the world. We focused mainly on his cubist works. In cubism, he sought to depict all the sides of an object on a 2D surface, similar to how you can see all the sides of a 3D work of art. His art oftentimes looks like a broken mirror made up of many geometric shapes.
This was a wonderful project that I saw on Mrs. Picasso's blog. The first day of the project, we talked about different monsters and what shapes their heads were. We looked at pictures of Dracula, Frankenstein, aliens, witches, pumpkin heads, and werewolves. I created a bunch of different head tracers and students chose which one corresponded to the monster they were creating. They chose two different colors papers and traced their head shape onto both papers. On one of the traced heads, they drew a side-profile of a face and cut it out. This was glued onto the second head that they had traced. Then they added a neck and body to their monster.
The second day of the project, we created a mouth that had lips and teeth. Students chose whether their monster would have pointy teeth, fangs, or normal teeth. They also made the eyes. When making the eyes, they made one eye as if you were looking at the monster straight on. The other eye is more triangular-shaped, as if being looked at from the side. An iris and pupil was added to each eye. We glued an extra sheet of paper to the top of our background, making our artwork taller so that we could add more details to the background later on. The last thing they did for the day was trace out a circle and glue it at the top of their artwork to be their moon.
For the third day, we used my BRAND NEW sharpies! We traced the facial features of our monsters. Then we began to add details to our monsters. Vampires added capes and widow's peak hairlines. Frankenstein added bolts to the neck, his unique hairstyle, stitches, and jackets. Witches added yarn hair, brooms, warts, hats, and buckles. Aliens added planets and spaceships. Werewolves added chest hair and claws. And pumpkin heads added curved lines to the heads, stems, vines, and mini pumpkins.
The fourth day, they continued working on their details.
The final day, they finished details. Added bats to the background and then used glitter glue to add stars and streaks of lightning.
Harmony and Consolidated Elementary Art Teacher in Milton, WI. UW-Eau Claire graduate. WAEA Membership Chair.