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Read a BookSecond graders are expected to be reading biographies and learn about people who changed the world. Depending on your child’s reading level, I can recommend three different books about Pablo Picasso.
Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail by Lawrence Anholt is a picture book about an unusual friendship of a famous artist and a young girl who becomes his model. It’s an engaging story about how artists see beauty around themselves and how they transform the world through their paintings.
I found Who Was… biography books when Smarty was in the first grade, and she really enjoyed them. She explained to me that these books don’t just tell what the person did, but also give “fun facts” about this person.
Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia is another great biography series which features playful cartoons highlighting the story. I actually enjoyed this book most because it included pictures of Pablo Picasso’s art.
Look at the Map
Pablo Picasso was born in Spain and spent most of his life in France. It’s a good opportunity to look at the map of Europe and find these countries. We talked about capitals of both countries and about the famous art museums of Madrid and Paris, Prada Museum and the Louvre. We also talked about the languages and how many people in Europe speak fluently more than one language.
Pablo Picasso was “blessed” with living through turbulent times of Civil War in Spain, two world wars, and the Cold War. Biography books mention these events and you can dive into them as deep as it’s comfortable and interesting for your kids. Smarty found it fascinating that Picasso was a passionate critic of wars and a member of Communist Party, just like her Dedushka (Grandfather).
Make ArtOf course, talking about Picasso and his innovations in art is impossible without making art yourself. Smarty enjoyed making her self-portrait in Picasso style.
More Picasso Inspired Art Projects for Kids
- Cubism Portrait Tutorial from Art Projects from Kids.
- Picasso Inspired Collage from Laugh, Paint, Create
- Cubist Heart Project from Green Bay Art Room
- Picasso Pumpkins from Mini Monets and Mommies
- Getting to Know Picasso from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Who is your favorite artist?
Teach Second GradeCheck out other ideas for the theme of Great Artists from my blog buddies:
- Piet Mondrian Suncatcher Art for Kids from School Time Snippets
- Van Gogh Inspired Sunflower Art Projects from Preschool Powol Packets
- Matisse Inspired Suncathers from Creative Family Fun
- Warhol Inspired Art for Kids from Still Playing School
- Jackson Pollock Inspired Tote Bag Art from Sugar Aunts
- Georges Seurat Inspired Science with Art from Life Over C's