Picasso Sculptures for Earth Day

It's Earth Day! You know the phrase, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."

Today we're going to do all 3. We'll reduce our need to buy art materials by reusing things we already have around the house and recycle them into an amazing work of art.

Did you know that Picasso was really good at this? He was a master of taking found objects and transforming them into amazing new creations.

Picasso's Baboon and Young, 1951. Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Gift of funds from the John Cowles Foundation

Picasso's Baboon and Young, 1951. Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Gift of funds from the John Cowles Foundation

In this sculpture, the baboon's face is made up of 2 toy cars, the ears are cup handles, and a large jug forms the belly.

Picasso’s 1942 Bull’s Head on display in the Picasso Museum. Photograph: Felix Clay

Picasso’s 1942 Bull’s Head on display in the Picasso Museum. Photograph: Felix Clay

Can your child guess what he used to create Bull's Head?

A bicycle seat and handlebars!

The Project

Make a sculpture out of found objects.

We have a junk bin where we keep lids, random pieces of cardboard, fabric, chopsticks... basically anything that might be fun to use in an art project later. Even if you don't already have a collection to sort through, just take a tour of your house, and you'll be amazed at what you have lying around. Gather up your found objects, and go to town. You can add clay or other traditional art materials to your sculpture, or not... the sky's the limit!

 


I do not seek. I find. 
-Pablo Picasso


Ready for more?

There are some great books about Picasso that you and your kids will love.

Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail
$13.29
By Laurence Anholt
The Boy Who Bit Picasso
$12.73
By Antony Penrose
Just Behave, Pablo Picasso!
$14.24
By Jonah Winter

Enjoy Earth Day.

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