March 06, 2012

Picasso Prints

This printmaking project came after a lesson on drawing portraits. The students sketched out the proportions of the face and then added details and shadows to complete the face. 
After this, we switched gears and looked at the cubist artwork of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). 

His painting Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) shows his direct influence from African masks. 

 The broken, skewed, geometric features can be seen throughout his work from this point forward and became the inspiration for the Studio Art sutdents' prints.

For their design, students were charged with creating a geometric, abstract face.  They were encouraged to skew proportions and features, as well as think about characteristics of masks from different cultures.
For the printing process, students used the reduction print process: before they would print a new layer, they would cut more from the linoleum block and pick a new ink color. We reviewed color theory and color families such as warm colors, cool colors, analogous colors and complimentary colors.


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