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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Picasso Faces

Created on March 28, 2013 by MrsImpey

Students will learn about the clay techniques of slab and score & slip to create these cubist Picasso faces.

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4 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT explain the importance of scoring and slipping.
2. SWBAT describe the slab process.
3. SWBAT design a cubist inspired face using organic and geometric shapes.

1. white clay
2. clay knives
3. clay texture rollers
4. straws
5. burlap/canvas
6. rolling pins
7. slip
8. acrylic paint
9. paint brushes (thick and thin)
10. pipe cleaners

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Day 1: Demonstrate how to roll out a slab of clay. Using the texture rollers, roll out some texture on the slabs before you start cutting. Cut out an organic shape about the size of your hand for the head. Roll out a long coil and demonstrate how to score and slip the coil to create a profile line down the middle of the head. Continue to add eyes, mouth, nose, ears, eyebrows, etc.

Day 2: Review clay process and finish the clay pieces. Have students refine the clay using their fingers to get rid of any "boogers". Using the straw, press holes into the clay to to later attach hair.

Day 3: Paint with acrylic paint

Day 4: Finish painting and add pipe cleaner hair.

I just finished up this project as part of a YAM activity. Third grade teachers created a reading unit in the classroom where students learned about different art media and then progressed into learning about Picasso. We did these as an extension of the Picasso unit. During the down time at the end of class, we discussed the kiln and how it worked using posters I received from Skutt. I also allowed students to help me load their individual pieces into the kiln so they could see how the shelves are stacked.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[K-4] Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
[K-4] Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[K-4] Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning
[K-4] Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[K-4] Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art
[K-4] Students understand there are different responses to specific artworks

Pablo Picasso


Color/Value, Line, Proportion/Size, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape, Texture

Acrylic, Ceramics