Cubism and profiles are both difficult concepts for kids to pick up on and yet this silly seasonal project seems to help with both. Perhaps it is the extreme features and natural distortion of the subject matter that helps. Or that they are having so much fun creating a crazy character that they don't over think the concepts. Whatever the case it really seems to work. We take a look at Picasso and his art and have a discussion on how his style gradually changed before taking on the cubist characteristics. Students then experiment using Mr. Picasso Head a website where students can create portraits in the cubist style. With the ground work layed we tie the idea of cubism and portrature to that of the seasonal subject matter of witches or characters in costume and the kids take off with results that are awesome.
Over the past 30 years I have taught art to kindergarten - 8th graders in a variety of configurations. During the 09/10 school year I will have 1st-6th graders and will be working in two buildings. I live in a small midwestern community with my husband and two children ages 13 and 10. I also enjoy good food, the great outdoors, our pets and spending time with family and friends.