“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Pablo Picasso

In the first grade at Advent, the art lessons over the past couple of weeks have centered around the artist, Pablo Picasso. He was a painter from the 1900s.  In addition to Cubism, Picasso was known for contributing to the art movement known as surrealism. Surrealism wanted artists, and all individuals, to think outside the box of reality.

In class, we discussed the difference in real-life and surreal art- the way an artist might interpret (or see) real things around them and how they create that on paper.  Students learned how the emotions and feelings of the artist are a lot of what makes a piece of art one of a kind. This allowed an artist to freely design his or her own work. The first graders loved this idea!

We used in our lesson the Picasso rooster drawing. We talked about how he used lines of bright color in different ways to create the feathers on its body. He used straight lines on its body to create a formed/structured look. He used circular motion on its tail feathers. Both give a feel of movement, motion, and texture. The colors might represent beauty against the light background and the open mouth might represent the powerful sound of the rooster.

Yet we know a “real-life” rooster doesn’t have crazy eyes like Picasso’s nor does it just have lines for feathers. The first graders were given photos to look at while I gave them very little instruction on how they might draw a rooster. They were asked to draw and color their rooster as they perceive it, and to show movement and create texture with bright colors.

What wonderful images of roosters the students made!  Each piece of art work was unique and beautiful. Come check them out on our hallway!

Jennifer Gibson