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Monday, April 09, 2007

Recreating Pablo Picasso

For the final project of the Freshmen, I have decided to introduce my students to one, if not the greatest painters of all time, Pablo Picasso. This is the first time I gave this project thinking that if it will be successful, I'll incorporate other great painters, including Filipinos, next year. My purpose for the project is to show that:

1. great paintings do not always have to be are mirror images of (kamukhang kamukha) objects;
2. painting is thinking. If they read what cubism is, how it came to be and how it is done, like I told them to. (I have yet to create a module for this one).
3. That there is no truth to the saying that "even a child can do this" sort of thing.
4. That there are rules to follow even in modern art, viz., volume, harmony, balance, etc.

First, I let them look for pictures of Picasso paintings, read its history, life, etc. Then, on an illustration board, draw the picture using grids. Instead of using colors, I asked them to substitute the colors with different materials like threads, buttons, sequins, rice, seeds or whatever they can find that matches the color of the original and voila! A textured Picasso painting. Here are more samples.

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Blogger BatJay said...

hey - pretty cool pieces. dapat i-exhibit ito kahit man lang sa school grounds.

galing mo sir. kung hindi ma inspire ang mga students sa ginawa mo eh ewan ko na lang.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous gilbert yap tan said...

tama si jay, dapat maexhibit ang mga outputs ng mga studes mo. pati na rin yung mga paintings mo. :-)

2:13 AM  
Anonymous bayi said...

Such beautiful pieces.

Your students are lucky to have a teacher like you. I wish I had had the opportunity to study under you but my lack of artistic talent would have made you tear your hair out! *LOL*

8:43 AM  
Anonymous rhodora said...

Ang galing naman!

I was also a teacher before. At one time, I taught literature. Eh, you know kids, sometimes they get bored with this stuff. So what I did was to make them analyze the song Vincent by Don Mclean. I played the song in class and everyone was in attention. That's how they started to learn to appreciate the subject.

Ah, I miss teaching... :(

8:45 PM  
Blogger ipanema said...

That's very innovative of you. I bet your students must have enjoyed it.

Not only did you teach them how to do art but most importantly, how to think. That's far a greater lesson.

5:45 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

Batjay I plan to have these framed and distributed to different offices in school. With the permission of the students, of course.

gilbert ditto as above

Bayi I am aware that people have different levels of artistic talent. We'll try to work it out so there's no need for hair pulling yet.

rhodora Vincent! That used to be my favorite. Nice.

Ipanema NAg enjoy naman sila considering that this one is group work.

6:40 AM  
Blogger cbs said...

what a great way to teaching picasso to kids! the approach is fresh and allows for them to bring in new ideas to the classics.

of all the picasso paintings, the girl in the mirror is one of the most perplexing, where a girl confronts her own mortality in a mirror. i wish i could see your students' version in a different medium.

6:21 PM  
Blogger auee said...

Impressive results. You must be so proud of your students.

Alam mo I didn't know modern art has "rules", too until I read your post tonight. I like art but I'm no expert. Minsan nga when I visit London's national art gallery natatawa kong isipin baka biglang may magtanong sa aking "what do you think?" while looking at a painting! hehe I will not be profound. I will not know the girl is supposedly "confronting her mortality" (quoted from one of your comments here), I'd probably say something inane like "she's confusing me".

Anyway enuff rambling, you're a creative & effective art teacher. It shows that you are really passionate about what you do because you find better ways of making kids really "know" art. Kudos.

5:38 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

cbs Hey, that's very good analysis of the painting. Of course I am not surprised.

auee Yes, there are still rules to follow albeit the fact that most modern art is a result of a revolt against convention. Basic are harmony, balance, movement, etc.

Don't worry, cbs is not your ordinary guy. He is a critic and is used to that type of thing. The beauty of art is that it will always depend on who's looking. No wrong answers. As long as you can make your observations stick together with how the elements interplay with one another, you're doing okay.

10:23 AM  
Blogger {illyria} said...

as a teacher, you really do open the minds of your students to the world around them. it's admirable. i see how much you inspire them in how they do things. :) good job.

i always thought jackson pollock was inspired. if "a child could do" what he did in the first place, why so much controversy, right?

10:05 AM  
Blogger Rey A said...

First of all congratulations. Another milestone, another accomplishment. A proud parent to a new graduate. Wishing her all the success in her chosen career.
Congratulations too for a great job you are doing as a teacher. Your students' work shows how well you develop or "squeeze" their creative juices. They are very fortunate to be under a teacher who is dedicated and passionate about the subject.

1:48 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

illyria I try to all the time and hope I am successful.

Ah, Jackson Pollock! Yes, his works were inspired. He didn't care about the painting per se but the act of painting. Even then, look at his works and you'll find the elements of art.

Rey A Thank you.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous bugsybee said...

Beautiful, Tito Rolly! You and your students must be congratulated. The man himself would have been happy to see these beautiful pieces.

I once found a very good Picasso website but I seem to have lost the link - the archives had Picasso's work from the earliest time up to the time of his death. I wonder if you have stumbled on that site, too.

2:55 AM  
Blogger Ebb Tide said...

To Tito! What a great idea for recreating Picasso's painting! I am an artist and art is in my blood.

7:17 AM  
Blogger rowie said...

wow, galing! i wish i had an art teacher like you when i was a student!

3:10 PM  
Blogger rolly said...

Ebb Tide Great! Another artist.

rowie It's hard motiviating students who does not share your enthusiasm. You really have to try and sometimes its a hit or miss.

11:25 PM  

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