ERIC Number: EJ894218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Re-Creating Pablo Picasso's "Guernica"
Daseler, Jack C.
Arts & Activities, v146 n5 p33, 45 Jan 2010
Recently, the teachers at the author's school completed a group project with their eighth-graders in which they recreated a mural version of the famous painting by Pablo Picasso, "Guernica." This activity was aimed at: (1) studying the rise of Fascism in Spain and Germany during the Spanish Civil War prior to World War II; (2) learning about the Cubist technique that Picasso developed in the beginning of the 20th century; (3) re-creating a copy of the painting, "Guernica", by Picasso; (4) working on shading and texture techniques using graphite pencils and sticks and colored pencil; (5) studying the tragic event of the German bombing of the Basque town of Guernica, which was an attempt to test the readiness of the country's air force for World War II; (6) learning the technique of using a grid to enlarge and reproduce a painting to its original size; and (7) learning the geographic locations of the countries involved in this historic event. Their social-studies teacher followed this up by talking about the Spanish Civil War and World War II, filling in the historical context of the painting and how events in history have an influence on art and artists. After the painting was complete, the author explained the historical events that influenced Picasso and his painting of "Guernica."
Descriptors: World History, War, Foreign Countries, Artists, Grade 8, Art Activities, Studio Art, Freehand Drawing, Social Studies, Integrated Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Spain