Our first instalment takes us to 1901. On the 24th June Pablo Picasso had his first exhibition in Paris at the age of 19.
|Self Portrait 1901|
The Blue Period 1901 - 1904As the blue period started in 1901 I thought it was apt to concentrate on this era of Picasso's life. I explained to my children that Picasso was a famous painter from Spain who spent most of his grown up life in France. I let my children find these places on the globe.
|Picasso was born in Spain|
|Picasso spent most of his life in France|
We searched Google images for paintings and watched a youtube video showing paintings from this period and explained to them that Picasso was very sad because his friend Carlos Casagemas died. I explained to them that Picasso used mainly blue and green to paint and we talked about the expressions on the peoples faces and how it made them feel.
" Mammy it makes me feel sad, like when I get hurt. That makes me sad " - Macey age 4
Blue CollageWe dug around in our arts and crafts box to find blue materials to make our very own blue artwork.
My daughter drew a picture of Picasso and used blue and green crayons, paint, glitter, tissue and magazine cuttings. My son is too young to understand but he had lots of fun making a blue collage :)
|Macey - age 4|
|Drew - age 2|
Happy ColoursAfterwards I asked my children which colours made them feel happy. We talked about happy bright colours and got some materials out of our box to make a happy collage. Maceys happy colour was pink which we didn't have so we had a chance to talk about mixing colours.
|Macey mixing red and white paint|
|Maceys happy collage|
Afterwards I added some green paint to a tub of soapy water and we made bubbles by blowing through a straw. We then placed a sheet of paper over the top to make bubble prints.
|Macey making bubbles|
|Bubbles make me very happy mammy :)|