ANDERSON – Armed with charcoal sticks and paintbrushes, kids at The Anderson Center for the Arts are exploring art while they draw on inspiration from the masters.
Teacher Stephanie Cochran introduces the kids to a famous master artist during each one-hour class session, then the students create their own work of art.
During Monday’s class, Picasso was the subject at hand. Kids had no trouble absorbing Picasso’s Synthetic Cubism, as Cochran asked them to consider various works. Pointing to the artist’s famous piece, “Guernica,” she explained, “He was painting about the war and how it affected his hometown. He was really upset about it.”
She asked 13-year-old Austin Morgan what he saw in Picasso’s “The Three Musicians.”
“A violin, saxophone … . Maybe a piano,” said Morgan. When invited to create his own work, Morgan wasted no time. “This musician thing just gave me an idea.”
Keying off of Picasso’s work and Morgan’s own background playing the drums, the young artist quickly laid out his idea using charcoal. He then used an ink marker to highlight parts of his work. Finally, he used acrylic paints to bring the work to life.
“I have to pick the colors so it can look like me playing the drums,” said Morgan. “I based this off a drum set I have in the basement.”
Cochran invited Jacob Rowley, 6, to look at another of Picasso’s works, and asked him what he saw.
“That looks like nothing, really,” Rowley said at first. As Cochran drew his attention to a few details, Rowley looked more closely at Picasso’s “The School Girl,” and then announced, “Now, I’m starting to see it.”
Payton, not Picasso
Cochran showed Payton Fetty, 7, how Picasso’s style changed from the time he was a young artist painting more traditionally, to the Cubist works of his later life.