The World Affairs Council's Global Classroom was proud to collaborate with the Seattle Art Museum in conjunction with its landmark exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. Pablo Picasso’s lengthy career spanned several world wars and crises, and each conflict exerted a presence in his work. The human suffering inflicted on his native Spain and the impending chaos of World War II, as well as his creative response to social issues such as human rights, poverty, and health, are reflected in his work throughout his career. The workshop, corresponding exhibition preview, and this companion resource packet illuminates how Picasso’s increasingly global society functioned as a catalyst and inspiration for his creative work. The resource packet includes lesson plans, video clips, interactive websites as well as a listing of full-length films, documentaries and books. Teachers will also find lesson plans related to world events in Picasso’s life (the Spanish-American War, the two world wars, and the Spanish Civil War).


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  • Arts > History
  • Arts > Visual Arts
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
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  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • K
  • Grade 6
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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2010-12-30.

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Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This is a valuable resource for all Art and History instructors who are teaching about Picasso, World War I, the Spanish Civil War, and World War II. It is filled with engaging lesson plans, links to relevant websites, book and documentary references, and so much more. The packet is well-organized and provides key background information on Picasso and how is work was influenced by world events. The lesson plans range from an introductory activity for elementary students that help them explore the world of art to specific lesson plans tied to key world events for older grades. Overall a great resource to add depth and understanding to the study of Picasso and the world events that influenced his paintings.

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