On Tuesday, February 15, 2011, the 2nd grade toured the Picasso: Guitars exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. A natural supplement to the 2nd grade art curriculum that explores the similarities and differences between two-dimensional shape and three-dimensional form, the students focused on Picasso's use of simple shapes and forms. They noticed that with only four to six shapes, Picasso created both 2D collages and 3D forms and could rearrange these same shapes to create everything from guitars, to portraits, to still life artworks.
After an enthusiastic discussion, the students applied the concept of rearranging shapes to their study of Language Arts by arranging and rearranging descriptive words to create poems about some of Picasso's pieces.
Back at school, the students worked with the same shapes Picasso used to create their own guitars and other collages.