5th Grade started a Picasso sculpture project a couple months ago. The project was based around a roll-a-dice game I created. My last update showed my students painting each facial feature individually. I never did get around to posting the final results, so here are some of the best of the bunch:
Some challenges students faced:
- Small facial features meant harder sized shapes to paint
- Not using blending or blocking so their work looked plain
- Painting the black lines before painting the shapes around them so that the end results were sloppy
- Not pre-visualizing the final piece of art and how to make colors balance one another more
- Random, weird color combinations that didn’t make color sense
If I did this project over again, I might change a few things. I would have them:
- Draw all their facial features on scrap paper first for practice
- Paint the face first before all the facial features to gain confidence in their painting abilities; painting a much larger space and getting the practice there first would help.
- Paint using some patterns as the first student did to encourage more creativity.
- Practice painting thin lines on scrap paper first.
- Use a strict and more confined color palette as Picasso did in his works
- Paint the background of each facial feature shape lightly first, then draw and paint the facial features on top
If you have any suggestions for how to improve this project, I’m all ears! Drop a comment below. And if you’d like to own the companion game that this project was based on, check it out in my TPT shop. I also have other games for sale to help beef up your lessons and make them more engaging for your students.