Booking Cubism: Making a Picasso-Inspired Flag Book

Booking Cubism: Making a Picasso-Inspired Flag Book

Inspired by the innovative artist  Pablo Picasso  and the  Cubist   style he pioneered with Georges BraqueCREST Enrichment students from kindergarten through 5th grade made Flag Books, and added special features (literally, features!) to reflect the fractured faces and images which dominated Picasso’s oeuvre during his Cubist period.

WEB3AI took photographs of the students faces, sized them, and printed each out on a page of blank white mailing labels. Students were then able to peel off different parts of their image, and put them onto the flags in their books. This young artist adds color to the black and white photographic images she has arranged in her book.

WEB4BAbove, the photographic portrait printed on the labels may be providing guidance to this young artist as she works on her Frida Kahlo-inspired self portrait.   Here the young artist can see her own rendition of her portrait, as well as the photograph of her face printed on labels. Her flag book is seen to her left.

WEB9a1This proud young artist shares his finished flag book, front,


WEB9b1and center.

WEB3Parents and other family member joined us for our “Last Class” event of the session, and helped adhere the “portrait” labels to the flag book kinetic pages, which move from side to side when the book is pulled opened and pushed shut.  The flags make a satisfying flapping sound, too!

WEB9bThis devoted young artist displays a stunning sense of color, as well as design!

WEB6bHere, father and son work on the first grade student’s flag book, together.  What could be better?!

Picasso: The Parts Which Create the Whole

 Picasso: The Parts Which Create the Whole

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso also known as Pablo Picasso

25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973

Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright

WEB2Pablo Picasso in his Paris studio. (Herbert List/Magnum Photos)

Picasso was baptized Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Crispiniano de la Santísima Trinidad. His name contains 23 words and honors various saints and relatives. Added to these were Ruiz and Picasso, for his father and mother, respectively, as per Spanish law. Today we know him as Pablo Picasso.

WEB1Picasso and the Loaves”, seen above, was taken by Robert Doisneauin a French cafe in 1952.

Picasso showed amazing artistic talent as a child, painting in a realistic style until he was a young man, when he began to experiment with different styles. The most well-know of these is Cubism, the first abstract style of modern art. In Cubist artwork, objects are seen as broken up, and reassembled in an “abstracted”, not strictly realistic way. Picasso shows the same object or person from different viewpoints at the same time, showing several sides of whatever object or person he was painting or drawing in the same work of art.

Picasso lived to be 91, creating until the end. He became internationally famous, as well as wealthy for his revolutionary artistic accomplishments, remaining one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art. Picasso is one of the very few visual artists who is just about a household word across the globe.

 Picasso’s “BLUE” Period – 1901-1904 WEB3The Old Guitarist, Late 1903–early 1904, 48 3/8 x 32 1/2 in., oil on panel, at the  Art Institute of Chicago

Picasso was inspired and influenced by African masks and artifacts.

WEB4LEFT: Pablo Picasso, Head of a Woman, 1907, 18 1/8 x 13”, oil on canvas, at  the The Barnes Foundation,  Lincoln University, Merion, PA, USA
RIGHT: Dan Mask from West Africa

WEB5 The Weeping Woman, 1937, 23 ⅝ х 19 ¼, oil on canvas,  at the  Tate Modern, London, England

WEB6Guernica,  1937, 137.4 in × 305.5″, oil on canvas, at the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

My mother said to me, “If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.” Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.’ – Pablo Ruiz Picasso