I originally saw this lesson idea at Do Art! and thought it would be a great addition to the weeks when my art camp students created art inspired by Picasso. I talked about Picasso's Blue and Rose Periods, his use of musical instruments as a subject matter, and Cubism. When creating their drawings I also covered the different parts of an acoustic guitar. I then invited the kids to paint their guitars using a variety of tints and shades of one colour. I found that with my younger students, they lost the shapes of their guitar and Cubist background when they outlined their artworks at the end. This led to some being more organic-a very interesting 'mistake', but next time I would have the younger kids at least outline their guitars prior to painting.
I particularly like the contrast of the more organic background with the guitar's geometric shapes in this student's yellow artwork.
This student used her favourite colours of pink and purple instead of tints and shades for the background.