Students often find the study of Picasso's abstract works fascinating because even though Picasso's works aren't necessarily realistic, the viewer can usually discover the intent as well as how the artist chose DIFFERENTLY to represent the subject matter in his personal style. We chose to delve into Picasso's portraits and after viewing a myriad of visuals, decided to make our own cubistic faces. We also wanted to use a different medium in sculptural quality so we chose to use the pantyhose lesson found elsewhere on this website. The only basic change from that lesson was to keep our sculptures somewhat two-sided so we could abstact basically in line and color without dealing in too much 3-D as well.

We formed our basic shapes, attached to wooden base, and then gessoed. Features were cut from tagboard, glued on, and in some cases added a 3-D quality. The faces were painted with tempera and items were added such as yarn sewn for hair, jewelry, etc. Although you cannot see the back side of each sculpture here, the students were reguired to also design the other side as well. Some students decided to paint an entirely new face on the back and some chose to do their backside as the back of the head. These projects became a nice show-stopper in our display case.

by Cayley

by Lora

by Lucas