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Posted: Oct 03 2006 at 2:46pm | IP Logged Quote amyable

Pablo Picasso was born in Spain on October 25, 1881. He was a prolific artist, producing around 27,000+ works of art! His work is often divided into 8 "periods", among them his "Blue Period," "Rose Period," "African Influenced Period," "Analytic Cubism," and "Synthetic Cubism." Picasso died in Paris on April 8, 1973.

Some helpful links on Picasso
Picasso- from Wikipedia
Picasso - on Artchive
About Picasso on Olga's Gallery
Picasso's official site
Online Picasso Project

After reading parts of the last two links, I am in doubt as to whether I can copy artworks to paste into posts here. So for now, I will just tell you there are many works available on the above links for you to study. I'll post links to a few particular ones if you would like some direction:

Pablo Picasso. First Communion. 1895/96. Oil on canvas. Museo Picasso, Barcelona, Spain.

Self-Portrait in Blue Period. 1901. Oil on canvas.

Self-Portrait. 1907. Oil on canvas. Narodni Gallery, Prague, Czechia

Woman Playing the Mandoline. 1909. Oil on canvas. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia

Musical Instruments. 1912. Oil, sawdust and gypsum on cardboard. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Three Musicians. 1921. Oil on canvas. The Museum of Modern Arts, New York, NY, USA

Paulo, Picasso's Son, as Pierrot. 1925. Oil on canvas

Some websites with activities:
Our featured artist: Pablo Picasso

Enchanted Learning -Picasso

Amazon sells a Picasso Art Activity Pack.

I hope this was helpful to start you off on an exciting study of Picasso!

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Posted: Oct 03 2006 at 3:07pm | IP Logged Quote JennGM

Looks great, Amy.

His work Hand with Flowers always drove me crazy looking at it, because the hand is opposite than what it should be. Is there a study that explains perhaps why?

A silly family anecdote to Picasso. My mother went through tough time in her life about when I was 3-5, she was slightly depressed and not quite herself.. During that time, she bought clothes and yarn and other things in orange tones -- something so unlike her, as she loves blues and greens. When I got older, and we had this icky orange yarn to use for crafts and learning crochet and knitting, she'd refer to herself buying these things as her "Orange Period." It wasn't until I was much older when I figured out the Picasso reference and connection.

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Posted: Oct 03 2006 at 3:33pm | IP Logged Quote stefoodie

whoa, Jenn! I never thought of the hand that way before! I always thought it was one person's hand holding flowers and putting it into another person's hand? now you'll have me googling for answers.

amy, thanks so much again for doing this!!! awesome list you've got there. i'm not a big fan of picasso (too weird for me), but my son (whose name is Pablo Francisco) is. this should be fun!

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Posted: Oct 03 2006 at 11:22pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Picture books
Picasso and Minou
Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail

Boardbook (for very young art aficionados)
Painting with Picasso

Art Study books
Smart About Art Series -Pablo Picasso: Breaking all the Rules
In general this is a good series, though with some of the artists who had less than holy lives there can be mention of topics that you wouldn't want to discuss with younger children. I believe this is one with some older topics. Please proof.

What Makes a Picasso a Picasso? - includes 12 paintings by artist with analysis.

Art Activity Packs by Mila Bouton include biography, reprint to color and discussion of a technique -Picasso


Biographies
The "Famous Children" series has one on Picasso by Tony Hart

Picasso from the Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists Series by Mike Venezia

A Weekend with Picasso

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Posted: Oct 03 2006 at 11:56pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

I found this site through one of your links, Amy. I wanted to highlight it individually.
Mr. Picasso Head is an amazing interactive site. Make your own Picasso!

Okay, one of my favorite lines in Toy Story - is "Look, I'm Picasso" when the Mr. Potato Head's face is all messed up (ears, eyes, nose in wrong places). So when I covered Spain last year for a co-op culture class one of the activities I did with the 5-7 year olds was to play "Potasso" with a bunch of Mr. Potato Heads and parts. They had so much fun - I couldn't get them to stop. Just that (with looking at a few samples of Picasso paintings) had such an impact on my son (age 6). He recogonizes a cubism Picasso whenever he sees it.

In general I think children really like to study Picasso because his cubism paintings are so wild. Even if they don't feel they can paint realistic pictures they can make crazy faces.

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Posted: Oct 04 2006 at 6:52am | IP Logged Quote marihalojen

Picasso is one of my husband's favorite artists so we have studied Picasso before and the best activity ever is to sketch in the dark with sparklers while taking a picture.   Our version here, A Picasso Fourth.

And an article on GJON MILI's portrait of Picasso.

"If you want to draw, you must shut your eyes and sing." ~Picasso


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Lovely links - thank you!

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Posted: Oct 04 2006 at 1:37pm | IP Logged Quote Rachel May

Jenn,
I tried looking at it upside down , but it still doesn't work out. I had never observed why it looked weird before, but as soon as I saw the title in your post I remembered exactly which work it was. I probably blew the weirdness off by saying, "It's a Picasso."

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I took my niece to a Picasso exhibit. There was an absolutely wierd and abstract painting there that I couldn't make heads or tails of, but my niece took one look at it and said "Look! An acrobat!" When I went up to look more closely, I saw that-sure enough-the label said it WAS an acrobat. I guess Picasso's just that way with people. Some pieces speak to you, others say nothing...or yell!

I took my kids to see Guernica last year. I suspect they, too, blew off the wierdness by saying 'It's a Picasso'"!! Still, some of his early works are quite beautiful.

If you have access to a book on African art, it's interesting to look thru it and juxtapose Picasso's pieces with the African inspiration. Seems like he lifted an awful lot of his work straight out of Africa.

Puzzles Plus, Inc. tel. 1-800-770-8283 makes beautiful 16"X 23" wooden puzzles called "Children in Art". They are largish pieces, 24 in all, of masterpieces by Picasso, Renoir, Degas, Homer, Cassatt, Gainsborough and Velazquez. I paid $16.95 for Velazquez. It is a lovely puzzle, a real "keeper" to hand down to the grandchildren! I haven't seen which Picasso piece they include, but with a title like "Children in Art", I suspect it will be pretty nice.

"Potasso", Mary, what a hoot!

Kelly in FL

PS I loved your Mom's allusion to her "Orange Period". Jenn

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Here's how we got to end our study of Picasso:

Picasso Ceramic Exhibit

Hands On! Well, sort of.

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