|Portrait of the Artist's Mother, painted when Picasso was only 15 years old|
Now it's time to get started. This is the second time I have taught this lesson, and I simplified it this year in order to make a few concepts really hit home. We begin with a contour line drawing from a real guitar, and note the neutral colors. We add a pop of bright color in the negative space for contrast, and cut the positive shape (guitar) from the negative.
The final step is arranging the two compositions made from the original guitar drawing. We use a positive shape, a negative shape, and other papers that go with the theme - sheet music, swirly lines, wood grain texture, pages from old books, etc. - to make our collages. Picasso made probably the first collage, laughing that he could make art from the contents of a wastebasket!
Please enjoy our Cubist guitar collages, full of energy and thinking and freshness!