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Pablo Picasso - Bull's Head.

Have you ever looked at the clouds in the sky and thought that they looked like animals? Have you seen rocks that look like animals? If you look closely at some of the things around your house and yard, you might be able to see shapes which remind you of animals. These animals are not really there. You are seeing them with your mind rather than with your eyes. This is called imagination.

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish artist who spent most of his life working in France. When he was a young teenager in Spain, Pablo painted pictures of people that looked very realistic. Pablo was a very skilled and creative artist. He soon moved to Paris and began to do paintings which were different from his early paintings.

One of his later works shows how he used his imagination to see things that were not really there. Many people had seen the same bicycle seat and handlebars hanging in a bicycle shop in Paris. No one had noticed anything unusual about them. To most, they just looked like a bicycle seat and handle-bars. Picasso saw more.

His imagination was strong. He did not think about how these things were used. He noticed the shapes of each object. Then he saw them together. To him, they began to look like something very different. Picasso's imagination transformed them into a bull's head.

A Sculpture to Try

Look for things around this room which you can imagine to look like an animal.

Look for things around your home which you can imagine to look like an animal.

Let your imagination combine several objects to form the shape of an animal.

Some materials you may use are small boxes, tubes, cans, bottles and natural objects, such as rocks. sticks, etc.

Paint the animal or cover objects with covered paper.

Tell your friends what kind of animal you have made and what you used to make it.

Words to discuss:

shapes imagination artist realistic transformed

H.T. Niceley is a professor at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee and a frequent contributor to SchoolArts.
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Title Annotation:A Child's Gallery; includes related lesson plan
Author:Niceley, H.T.
Publication:School Arts
Date:Jan 1, 1991
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