Every year I try to do something a little different on the first day of art class for each grade. Typically we go over rules and routines, but I feel it is extremely important to still have time for a short art activity. For fourth grade this year, we will be starting the year with cubism, so for the first day without having a complete introduction to the movement made famous by Pablo Picasso, students worked as a table to create one cubist portrait. We started by reviewing how a portrait is an artwork of a person (usually head, neck, and top of shoulders).
Next, students used the laws of CHANCE to create these fun portraits. Students were so excited when creating these large scale portraits, because they did not have to worry about the pressure of making something look real as well as having to have a plan of what their artwork was going to look like from the start. After all the portraits were created, we viewed them next to the original Picasso portraits and tried to match up which feature came from which painting. See below and you can try and guess too! Next class, we will have a very in depth talk about cubism and the different techniques.
I found this great project at Teachers Pay Teachers and adapted it to work for our class,