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Monday, April 2, 2018

Picasso Rooster in Oil Pastel Project

This is a lesson I thought my Grade 5's would love but turns out they weren't huge fans if it! When I showed them the photo of Picasso's "Le Coq" from 1938, they all freaked out and said it was really ugly and weird! We tried to have a discussion about it, the emotions associated , the sense of movement, unusual colours and all that, but they still didn't seem to gain any appreciation of it. 
Nonetheless, we forged on!
I taught this project before to a Grade 3 class and they seemed to enjoy it more. 
See that post HERE.

Picasso, Le Coq, 1938
Students started by sketching out their rooster on brown construction paper. 
Then they went over their pencil lines with a black wax crayon. They used oil pastels to colour these and then used the side of a white oil pastel to cover the background, giving it a soft texture. For a last step, they went over their original black lines with a black oil pastel to really help the lines 'pop'.

Some Grade 5 results:

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