Thursday, May 17, 2012

Artist Study: Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso, Public Domain Image
I am an art history nerd. I am. It was very nearly my major in college, but then I decided to major in something practical, like English. (That was sarcasm, by the way...)

So, of course, one of my favorite parts of teaching my children is delving into art history every once in a while. Last year, we did a whole quarter studying Vincent Van Gogh. It was heaven for me, and the kids liked it, too.

This year, we're using The World's Greatest Artists Unit Study, Volume 1, which was created by Erica over at Confessions of a Homeschooler. The first artist we're studying is Pablo Picasso. The unit studies are built around Mike Venezia's Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists series. So we're using Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists: Picasso for the lessons that Erica came up with.

But, as I've mentioned before, I like multimedia! We'll do a lot of reading from the Venezia book, as well as from What Makes a Picasso a Picasso?  by Richard Muhlberger (we used the book from this series during last year's Van Gogh study, and loved it.) And we'll do the projects and lapbook from Erica's World's Greatest Artists program. But I came across a few additional resources that we'll be using as well.

Picasso Coloring Pages


Picasso-Themed Art Projects


Video About Pablo Picasso

This video is perfect to watch with your kids. It was made and narrated by a child, and the information it provides give kids a good overview of Picasso and his art. It was actually rather difficult to find an age-appropriate video about him. Picasso did not exactly live a G-rated life.





Biographical Information About Picasso

The sites below provide biographical information about Picasso, as well as examples of his artwork:


I hope these resources help make your own Picasso artist study fun for both you and your children!

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