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Definition: Art that departs significantly from natural appearances. Forms are modified or changed to varying degrees in order to emphasize certain qualities or content. Recognizable references to original appearances may be slight. Artforms 5th edition, Duane and Sarah Preble
Medium: Oil Pastels
8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of black construction paper
Background: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) one of the greatest artists of our century used many different styles in his work. This lesson introduces his abstract work.
Procedure: The students are shown Picasso's painting, The Girl Before the Mirror. The students are directed to the faces in the painting and to see how Picasso changed the faces from natural looking faces to abstract faces. The teacher then demonstrates the lesson by following these step by step instructions.
Draw a circle for a face, using a white crayon.
Draw a profile down the face.
Draw the front view of an eye and a side view of an eye. You can place one eye in a different place.
Draw the mouth.
Make crazy hairstyles. Draw each hair.
Outline every single line with a black pastel.
Color all parts. Color each side a different color.