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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Picasso Birds

Created on May 07, 2013 by MrsImpey

Students receive an introduction to the cubist style of Picasso in this fun clay project.

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4 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT define cubism.
2. SWBAT identify works of art by Picasso.
3. SWBAT use the slab technique with clay.

1. clay
2. Scoring tools
3. Slip
4. Acrylic
5. Paintbrushes and water
6. Wire
7. Pipe cleaners
8. Tissue paper
9. Straws

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Day 1: Introduce Picasso and cubism. Pass out the bird design sheet (not attached, see author's notes) and have students design three, patterned birds to choose from.

Day 2: Demo rolling slabs and scoring and slipping. Students need to cut out their bird and score on a wing and a beak. Then, take a straw and poke out two holes at the top (to add wire for hanging) and two holes at the bottom (to attach feet).

Day 3: Paint pattern with acrylic paint.

Day 4: Attach wire, pipe cleaners and twisted tissue paper to make tail feathers, a wire hanger and wire feet.

I don't have the exact issue number, but I originally saw this project in an old issue of Arts & Activities magazine.

I don't have a worksheet readily available for day 1, but all I did was quickly draw three half circles with a triangle beak on a piece of copy paper. I ran enough copies for everyone.

Sorry about the horrible photographs! I did these my first year of teaching and I didn't have a great camera then!


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

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

[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 different responses to specific artworks

Pablo Picasso


Rhythm/Pattern, Shape

Ceramics, Mixed Media

  • Hope200 05/19/2013 at 04:59am
    This looks like a fun project. Did you use air dry clay? I was thinking about doing it with stoneware and cutting the bird into 3/5 pieces, then mixing up the shapes and attaching by scratch and slip to a tile piece.