Create a Picasso-Inspired Santa
Are you a fan of the cubist artist Picasso? Help your kids learn a bit about art while getting creative. Pablo Picasso, the famed Spanish artist, helped to create the geometrically-inspired cubist movement. Explore this style by crafting a Santa Claus collage. This jolly holiday project allows kids to explore their creative side, learn about geometry and pattern, and celebrate Saint Nick!
What You Need:
- Cardboard (try reusing an old cereal or packing box)
- Construction paper in red, white, black, and peach
- Marker or crayon
- Clear drying, non-toxic glue or glue stick
- Tempera paint (green and red)
What You Do:
- Paint the piece of cardboard with red and green holiday colors. Ask your child to create a pattern such as stripes or squares. Set aside to dry.
- Help your child to draw the different parts of Santa’s face and hat onto the construction paper. Use peach to make an oval face, white for hair and a beard, red for a triangle hat, and black for circle eyes.
- Cut the pieces of Santa out.
- Cut the pieces of paper into smaller shapes. Make new geometric shapes from the larger ones. For example, turn Santa’s triangle hat into a smaller triangle, a square, and a rectangle.
- Place the paper shapes onto the dried, painted cardboard in a mixed-up pattern.
- Glue the paper to the cardboard.
- Set it aside to dry.
- Display at a holiday party or give to a special friend as a Christmas present.
This is a great project to experiment with—the larger Santa's face is, the more fun it will be to create and find shapes within it!