I lived too far away to spend much lap-time with Dougie, so I wrote him these letters.


Hi Dougie,

Let’s paint a face like Picasso’s “Girl in Front of a Mirror.” We’ll start with the picture we made when we were drawing with a brush, like Picasso. If you can’t find your brush drawing of a girl’s face, you can make another one by following the instructions I gave you in “10  Modern Art.” This time make the lines black, or use a felt tip marker,

Picasso Face 07

Let’s give her more hair on the left side of the picture.

Picasso Face 07b

Now watch carefully.

We are going to draw a line down the middle of the face, the way Picasso did. The first part of the line goes from her hair to her nose. See how it’s curved? And now another curve, just a little one, the opposite way as the first one, goes from the bottom of her nose to her lip. Finally there is another curve from the bottom of her lower lip to the bottom of her chin. Make that one curve the same way as the forehead. Look at the picture below and the picture above to see what happened.

Picasso Face 07c

Now I’m going to erase everything to the right of the line I just drew to show you what Picasso was doing. Watch.

Picasso Face 07d

Do you see how this looks like a face in profile. Remember Picasso’s picture of the lady sleeping in a chair and how lamplight made half of her face look like a profile? 

Picasso - Original Woman-d

Picasso liked that idea a lot and made many pictures with both a profile and a front view on one face.

Now let’s take our picture and color it with pretty colors the way Picasso did.  You can use felt tip markers, if you have them. Or just use crayons. Leave the profile part of the face white.

Picasso Face 07e3

Do you see how our face has a front view and a profile view?  We’ll look at this idea more next time.



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Majora Christo
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