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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Picasso Guitars

Created on May 29, 2013 by GypsyArt

Students will learn about the life and art of Pablo Picasso. They will focus on Cubism and Abstract Art. The students will create abstract guitars using oil pastels.

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1.Views and discusses selected artworks.
2.Talks about artworks of significant artists that have recognizable subjects and themes.
2.Creates artworks emphasizing one or more elements of art (e.g. color, line, shape, form).
3.Produces drawings that emphasize proportion and/or distortion.

1. Paper
2. Pencils
3. Oil Pastels

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1. Show the class the DVD, “Dropping in on Picasso”. Discuss the life of Picasso and his different paintings.
Emphasize his Cubism and Abstract art, including the many abstract guitars he drew.
2.Students will draw a distorted guitar. Tell them that the more "imperfect" the better. Focus on line, form, and shape.
3.Color the guitars with oil pastels using harmonious bright colors.

Self Assessment/ Critique

Students who don't usually feel comfortable drawing loved this assignment because of the freedom they had making abstract art.


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

[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[5-8] Students select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their 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 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[K-4] Students demonstrate how history, culture, and the visual arts can influence each other in making and studying works of art
[K-4] Students identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places

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

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[K-4] Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum

Pablo Picasso

Abstract Art, Cubism

Color/Value, Form, Line, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape, Unity/Harmony