Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris at PMA

Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris


Students from grades 3, 4 and 5 at Camden Forward Elementary school traveled to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see Picasso, thanks to Art Aware informing art teachers Julie Kring Schreifels and Susan Baker that a PMA grant was available to them.

What a great time they had. And you will too! The show is on until April 25th. The Camden Forward students are doing artwork influenced by Picasso and friends, which I’ll post later.

Picasso was a spiritual prophet to the world of art and philosophy. Although he died in 1973, he is still leading human beings away from a representational fundamentalism that cripples creative minds. How many times have you heard people reject their artistic nature by saying “Oh, I’m no good at art. I can’t draw a straight line.” In 2010 people have options way beyond having to draw something that looks “real.”

When artists, young and old, experiment, investigate and play with ideas in the art studio, they open up paths of communication – variations of what has been done before, but also perhaps  forging new ground for the art and philosophy of the 21st century.

At the PMA show, I thought about perspective:  my own, the kids’, the teachers’, the docents’, the guards, etc. The artwork forced us to bust our brains making connections between the world and how we see it. We mentally climbed on the vehicle that brings us to universal dialogue:  Art!

Above are samples of 4th graders artwork initiated by Nicole Cucinotta at Sacred Heart School. It was influenced by Pablo Picasso and Maurice Sendak.

2 Responses to “Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris at PMA”

  1. Yukio Ozaki Says:

    Your comment/statement on Avant-Garde in Paris and about art expressinos is far better articulated and passionate than majority of college art professors. It clearly shows the depth and the width of your understanding of Art and the human history of mind through it. I am impressed and moved to know how much you have educated yourself in the field of art to the level of sophistication and confidence.
    It is time for you to write a book on the power of art on people and particularly children.
    Congratulations, you ARE an inspiration.


  2. Barbara Pfeiffer Says:

    How well I remember the first pottery class we took. Dick Via was there too! That was in the ’70’s. Now FORTY years later my resume lists potter and teacher – things I wasn’t back then. Thank God we all have had each other for inspiration.
    I’m glad I don’t have a lot of money – because I have enough to do without worrying how to spend it. But it WOULD be nice to self-publish a picture book of kids’ artwork initiated by the elementary school art teachers of Camden. The proof is in the pudding – and I would love for more people to be able to feast on it!
    Thanks for your kind words, Professor!


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