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Pablo Picasso

Geis, Patricia (Author/Illustrator)
Princeton Architectural Press 2014. 16 pages
First published: 2014
Series: Meet the Artist!
ISBN: 9781616892517 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 709
Book type: Non-Fiction
Book genre: Biography

Text Elements:

character, layout, multimodal, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Pablo Picasso’s passionate and revolutionary approach to art-making is fittingly addressed in this illustrated biography. The pop-up features provoke active participation. One spread hides Picasso’s seminal Les Demoiselles d’Avignon behind a lift-the-flap. “His friends were speechless! They thought it was madness, scandalous, ridiculous!”

Direct language is full of questions to pique curiosity and creativity. “How would you paint sadness? What color do you think it is?” Simple layouts compose solid black type on creamy white backgrounds. Charming kid characters populate this empty gallery-like space. A range of sturdy paper stocks support pull-outs and pop-ups that feature Picasso’s paintings from childhood onward, as well as influential mastepieces and artwork by contemporaries.

The theme of experimentation, passion and deploying one’s oeuvre to connect with the world is beautifully exemplified by Picasso’s relationship to art. One spread shows a pop-up reproduction of Guernica—his provocative protest against Franco’s war. Pop-up child-observers show the grand scale of the original painting. Also shown is a version of Picasso’s famed Dove, a symbol of peace commissioned after World War II. This book is a boon for artists and dreamers alike.

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    Brainstorm what you know about Pablo Picasso. Use a class RAN chart (Reading and Analyzing Non-fiction texts) to note your learning and wonderings. As the book is read, adjust the information.

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    People sometimes said that Picasso’s work became increasingly childlike. He said the same thing. How is this simultaneously true and false?

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    The author crafted this book with some unique structures and features. Write about what makes them unique and their impact on the reader.

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    Research another artist who interests you and create your own text with unique textual structures and features. Display it for other students to explore.

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    In teams, brainstorm what you know about Pablo Picasso. Create a mind map to compare your knowledge with that of other teams. As the book is read, adjust the information.

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    Try drawing an object in the class in the cubist style from multiple points of view. Draw this object in another style that Picasso used during his career.

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    The author crafted this book with some unique structures and features of this text. Discuss what makes them unique and their impact on the reader. Find the correct terminology and add them to a class Structures and Features chart.

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    Read other teacher-selected books about Picasso and compare how he is portrayed. Create a character map from what you have learned about this artist.

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    Before reading, use resources to find examples of Picasso’s artwork. Examine them carefully. In small groups, discuss your interpretation of what they are about, their beauty and their style. What do these works say about Picasso himself?

  •  As you read, watch for Picasso’s artistic evolution over the years and take note of the different important phases/styles he went through.
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    Select (five) works of art from the book and produce a written critique of each. Be sure to take into account the era, artist, style and overall beauty.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use information
  • Media Literacy
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Visual Arts