Picturing Picasso

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

—Pablo Picasso

On September 28th, the Drawing 1b class ventured (with sketchbooks in hand) to the de Young Museum to see the Picasso Exhibition.

Picasso was a Spanish painter and sculptor, and one of the most important artists of the 20th century. He was an inventor of forms, an innovator of styles and techniques, and a master of the various media he chose to work with.

Whether working with pen and brown ink on graphite paper, etching into zinc, forming sheet metal and wire, or designing costumes for the ballet—Picasso employed incredible energy into his work.

“Painting is stronger than me. It makes me do what it wants.”

The students were struck by his line quality, and ability to exhibit people in multiple dimensions. As the Drawing 1b students wandered through the galleries, they sketched and recorded ideas and inspirations into their sketchbooks.

The students left the museum with minds buzzing and ideas brewing. To linger and be with works of art is such an important and vital part of being an artist. When we returned to the studio, each student received a stamped postcard from the exhibition, and were asked to reflect and write about one thing they learned from the show.

They then addressed the postcard and mailed it—sharing their experience to the museum with another person in their life.

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