Monday, November 21, 2011
Picasso Mask Study
There are 2 parts to it. Constructing the mask and then after careful observation creating a painting influenced by the design elements of that mask. With a class you can have students reference their own mask or that of their classmates.
Cubism and the work of Picasso and Braque with your students. This particular art project looks at the early stages of Cubism, (almost more expressionism).
With Cubism, we are experimenting with form, stylistic distortion of form, and we are looking at the viewer's perception of that form.
During this early work you can see how Picasso was influenced by his interest in Iberian Sculpture and African art. (see Demoioselles d' Avignon, 1907)
- paper towels
- white glue
- water and recycled container
- wax paper
- paint, acrylic or tempera
- wc paper or heavy sketch paper
- resource material (African mask images, Iberian sculpture)
You can tape it to an old yogurt container if you want to assist in the drying process as well as making it easier to maneuver while constructing.
Cut up your paper towel into strips. Mix up your white glue with some water (1 to 1 ratio) in an old recycled container. Place some wax paper on your work space. Start constructing your mask. Put some strips into your glue mixture and apply to your balloon. Cross the strips over one another. You only need about 2 coats here. We only need 1/2 the balloon covered to make a mask. Every once and a while add a dry strip to soak up extra moisture as well you can soak up all that excess glue mixture on the wax paper. You want your mask to be moist not sopping.
Leave upright to dry. Here I placed the cup I had taped to my balloon into another old yogurt container. You might have to put some weight into the container to keep that balloon upright.
- African masks
- Iberian sculpture
Using your own mask and/or ones by your classmates pick out specific design elements (lines, shapes, colors) and add these to your composition. Draw it out in pencil first. You're not looking to replicate the mask here only pull out elements that interest you and place them in a new arrangement.
Give it a try, it's very interesting to see what features or elements the kids focus on.