Forty years ago the painter Picasso died

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Picasso produced tens of thousands of works in his life, which continue to increase in value. It is said that he is the father of "cubism". He died on April 8, 1973 at the age of 91. Let's take a look back at his life and his work.
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“40 years ago, on April 8, 1973, Pablo Picasso died of a pulmonary embolism at the age of 91. Of Spanish origin, this prodigious inventor of forms was at the same time painter, sculptor, ceramist, decorator and writer. He marked his century, producing more than 60,000 works. "
Source: Radio-Canada
Artist using all media for his work, he is considered the founder of cubism with Georges Braque and an art companion of surrealism. He is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, both through his technical and formal contributions and through his political positions. He produced nearly 50,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, tapestries and prints (engravings, lithographs, etc.).
Source: Wikipedia
The following activities will help to get to know this artist better.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- name and recognize works by Picasso;
- explain what were its influences;
- know what important meetings Picasso made;
- describe the characteristics of cubism;
- know when this movement took place;
- name artists and Cubist works;
- take a self-portrait in the style of Picasso;
- organize a real or virtual exhibition of these works.

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ACTIVITY 1: Picasso

Before starting the activity, ask students if they can name one or more works by Picasso.
Take a few minutes to show them some. You will find some on Google Images here. What do they have in particular?
Then, in teams, the students will read the Radio-Canada article entitled 40 years after Picasso's death, his works are worth a fortune, then research Picasso to learn more about his life, while completing the diagram below (or making a new one):

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ACTIVITY 2: Cubism

One of Picasso's important encounters was undoubtedly Georges Braque. Why? Students will use Activity 1 to help them answer this question.
They will then have to discover what the cubist movement is: what it consists of, who were the main representatives, the main works, etc. For this, they can use books and dictionaries, but also the links selected at the bottom of the sheet.
In teams, they will then have to synthesize in a mind map the characteristics of cubism.

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ACTIVITY 3: The exhibition

Self-portrait of Picasso is one of his most famous works. With the help of the plastic arts teacher, invite the students to make their own self-portrait, taking inspiration from that of Picasso.
Then, organize an exhibition of the work online (and / or in person in the school!). This exhibition should be commented on using quotes from the painter, or brief highlights of his life. Each person who has made a self-portrait will be able to choose what will be inscribed near their work, in connection with Picasso.
In the case of an online exhibition, what would be the best strategy? Different avenues: the Flickr image publication site, a class blog with one article per student, etc. Ask the students for their opinion, they will surely have good ideas.
To discover, an online application that allows you to "draw" in the manner of Picasso (in English): PicassoHead.

More about the magazine

Official website on the painter and his work
Pablo Picasso
Wikipedia page
Educational file
Center Pompidou file
Center Pompidou file
The cubist movement
Site dedicated to this artistic movement
Picasso, a still living genius
AFP article

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