Picasso Summer Vacation Collage

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Learn about Picasso and create a beautiful summer keepsake collage!

What You’ll Need:
*Large piece of oaktag or construction paper
*Tissue paper
*Old magazines
*Photos from summer vacation
*Pamphlets, brochures, tickets from places you’ve been
*Other small items such as seashells, leaves, rocks, etc. collected on your vacation

Preparation:
*Talk with your child about Picasso, the artist.
Pablo Picasso was a famous painter of the 1900’s. He started painting at a very young age. He painted in many different styles during his life. Picasso is known for his Blue Period paintings, when he painted sad and lonely pictures at this time using lots of blue, and his Rose Period, when his paintings were happier and often were of clowns and circus performers and used warmer colors. He was also know for a style of art called Cubism. His pictures looked like puzzles with the pieces all out of order. He might have a face with the eyes looking at you but the nose might look like you were looking at the side of the face. Often Picasso glued things onto his paintings to add reality to them. He was one of the first artists to do this and it was the start of making collages.
*Talk with your child about collages.
Collage comes from the French word coller which means “to glue”. A collage may include newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork, photographs, plants and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years.
*Go online or use the books suggested below to find some examples of Picasso’s collages to look at with your children.

Activity:
*Go through magazines and cut out pictures of water, different shades of blue, and sand color (light wood grain works) and sun colors like yellow and orange. Cut out pictures from the leaflets and flyers.
*Tear the tissue paper into small pieces.
*Glue the tissue paper, magazine photos, pictures, leaflets, photos, tickets, shells, etc. onto your construction paper in a collage.
*Send us a picture of your summer vacation collage and we may post it to our site! info@mycalendarmaker.com.

Suggested Resources:
Pablo Picasso (Famous People Series) at Amazon.com, good for Pre-K/Kindergarten children
Picasso (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) at Amazon.com, good for older children

This activity can be found in the Arts & Crafts section of our site.