Recently in my summer preschool program we spent the day studying Picasso, and I fondly called my students “Junior Picassos”. Very fun. We spend the morning learning in a very hands-on manner, everything being based in an piece of artwork that was inspired by what we were learning about Picasso. This is an example of a Picasso blue period inspired shape collage.
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I borrowed my friend’s handy Cricut machine to cut several different shapes of varying sizes in different patterns of blue scrapbook paper. The students (primarily three years old) pasted the shapes onto a sheet of blue construction paper to make their collage. There are several important elements that made this work.
- The colors were inspired by Picasso’s blue period.
- The pasting was inspired by Picasso’s invention of collage art.
- The shapes were a reinforcement of certain math skills, but also was representative of Picasso’s angular representations of familiar objects and people.
Once the students had finished their collages, they shared their piece of artwork with the class, and we practiced identifying all the different shapes in the collage, as well as practiced counting each shape. This was good counting practice for the three year olds because some of the students had difficulty seeing the shapes that were layered atop one another. But, my favorite part was seeing how different each student’s collage was, despite the fact that we all used the same materials in the same color palette.
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.