Little Picassos Schwabing

Little Picassos Schwabing Little Picassos provides online and in-studio fine art classes for children and adults. Integrating creating art with art history, each session is focused on identifying & stimulating your artistic abilities in a fun & creative way.
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12/10/2020

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✨ Ken Done ‘Sydney Harbour’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨Almost nothing compares to the happiness that Ken Done projects in all hi...
09/10/2020

✨ Ken Done ‘Sydney Harbour’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨

Almost nothing compares to the happiness that Ken Done projects in all his paintings. And that joy was brought into our webinar today. My Little Picassos were so thrilled to be creating their own colorful and iconic piece of earth - The Sydney Harbour, with the black liner, Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as the star attractions. We used all the colors that were available to us - all the primary, secondary and tertiary colors. We LOVED every minute of our creations.

Born June 29, 1940, in Sydney, Ken Done left school at 14 to enter the National Art School in East Sydney. He moved to NY and London and was a successful art director and designer. By 40, his yearning for creating his own art became so prominent that he moved back to Sydney to become an artist full time.

He works with old and acrylics and Ken Done ‘takes inspirations from diverse sources - the ebullience of the sea and sky, the transcendent emotions of a quiet garden, aboriginal art, Japanese poetry, the urban shout of Sydney, where he makes his home’. (The Done Group, Biography, 2020)

His original and unique artwork has been representing the freedom, joy, optimistic and easy going nature of Australia and Australians for the last 40 years. ‘It began with a small run of t-shirts printed with a beautifully simple, bold drawing of Sydney Harbour. This original image caught the attention of Sydneysiders and visitors alike and has gone on to become an icon of Sydney, and an icon of Done. He is renowned for his bold images of identity and his unique reproduction of these images on clothing, homewares and prints.’ (The Done Group, Biography, 2020)

In 1999, Done created the Opening and Closing Ceremonies programs of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He continues to work for many charitable organisations, was Father of the Year in 1989, and Australian Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1988. In 1992, Done received the Order of Australia (A.M.), for services to Art, Design and Tourism.

✨ Paul Klee ‘Cat and Bird’ REPORT OUT✨Two different groups of 6-10 year old Little Picassos explored the ‘Cat and Bird’ ...
07/10/2020

✨ Paul Klee ‘Cat and Bird’ REPORT OUT✨

Two different groups of 6-10 year old Little Picassos explored the ‘Cat and Bird’ (1928) by Swiss/German artist Paul Klee. One using acrylics and the other chalk. Although two different mediums, both expressively beautiful in their own way.

We explored the geometric shapes enhanced by layers of paint or with different pressure of chalk. We discovered that artists can instill their dreams in their artwork, just as Salvador Dali had. Our cat is purposefully dreaming of eating our bird by placing him at the forefront of our image. Both groups of kids recreated this child like piece and it’s became our mission to be indicative of Klee’s work by searching for color as he had with chromatic values.

Paul Klee was not only an artist but a great violinist and avid reader. As a teenager he turned his attention from music to visual arts and attend the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He had developed his signature technique, drawing with a needle on a blackened pane of glass, not dissimilar to etchings.

Klee was involved in the editorial team of the Blaue Reiter (The Blue Riders) and was good friends with Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky. These peers were great influencers of Klee’s work and he began to experiment with Cubism, Expressionism and Abstract works.

Klee’s interest in the subconscious, resonates with today’s fascination with art and that being beyond the establishment. He believed that dreams should be transposed into artwork and that drawings were like ‘a line going for a walk’. This embodied his ideal of art making, that the animation of an element of art (the line) with movement, spontaneity, and an element of magic (goes for a walk).

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05/10/2020

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✨ Henri Rousseau ‘Toucan’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨We created our own interpretation of ‘Toucan’ by French naïve artist Henri ...
01/10/2020

✨ Henri Rousseau ‘Toucan’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨

We created our own interpretation of ‘Toucan’ by French naïve artist Henri Rousseau. The class was acutely aware of the jungle composition of overtly large plants and trees, hiding within, a Toucan of their own. We used acrylic paints for this Tropicana scenery.

During his younger years, Rousseau worked in a solicitor’s office, as a tax collector, at the customs office and was in the army. Rousseau, known for his overtly excitable character who used lots of exaggeration in his daily life, had no official training as an artist, and was purely self taught. He started painting in his 40’s.

His fantastical story telling lead to his charming and simple paintings of the jungle. Although there is no evidence that he had ever been to the jungle, he used books, the Paris gardens and frequented the zoo often, to capture savanna and tropical rainforest scenes. His skill was to copy and then modify through exaggeration, like he did with the Toucan painting. He incorporated large house plants to make them looked as if they belonged in the jungle, and used the animals he saw at the zoo as his main subjects.

He liked the Toucan as it was colorful and a bit of a “fraud in character” type of bird. Their beaks are large to eat through fruits and plants and often colorful, made with Keratin. They use their beak to regulate their body heat pushing all their blood there to cool off. Although these birds live mostly in trees, they do not fly, alternatively hopping from tree branch to tree branch until they need to stop.
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✨ Guiseppe Arcimboldo ‘The Fruit Basket’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨We had an adventurous excursion into the world of Arcimboldo...
30/09/2020

✨ Guiseppe Arcimboldo ‘The Fruit Basket’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨

We had an adventurous excursion into the world of Arcimboldo and how he saw the elite of Europe during the 1500’s. Creating characters out of fruit was a funny and often puzzling artistic accomplishment for my students. We created ‘The Fruit Basket’ (c.1590) with shadow and tints while discussing light variations of each fruit.

Arcimboldo moved away from the photographic images of portraits by his predecessors and visually replicated flora and fauna, by using fruits and vegetables, as they appeared in real life through his series the 'Seasons'. Arcimboldo made sure that he moved away from the restrictions of the Renaissance and his paintings became more pronounced after his move to Vienna during the Hapsburg Empire, who welcomed his imaginative pieces.

Arcimboldo’s paintings were much admired and praised especially by Surrealist artist, Dali, who loved his juxtaposition of art.

He played with the concept of perceptional ambiguity in all his paintings. In a study by Boccia (2014), ‘a distinct part of the brain is triggered when looking at Arcimboldo’s portraits…bonding a relationship between children's subjective feelings and underlying physical perceptions’.

Hi everyoneDo you love art and art creation, but don't know where to begin? I am holding my latest Big Picassos: Art Tec...
29/09/2020

Hi everyone

Do you love art and art creation, but don't know where to begin? I am holding my latest Big Picassos: Art Technique Class for Beginners, starting mid October. This Wednesday morning course will be about technique, with art history incorporated. We will paint on canvas, paper and board.
You will experience:
- line and color with acrylics
- pouring
- mixed media
- water color
Location is central Schwabing. For more information please visit: https://littlepicassosschwabing.as.me/schedule.php

✨ Art on Canvas Kids 9-12 Report Out✨In person classes are back! We had Art on Canvas Kids 9-12 on Saturday and boy did ...
28/09/2020

✨ Art on Canvas Kids 9-12 Report Out✨

In person classes are back! We had Art on Canvas Kids 9-12 on Saturday and boy did we have fun! Although the children were quiet, at first, they warmed up and started really experimenting and found the mediums that they liked and explored them further. We learnt how to create shade and depth with charcoal in Michelangelo's 'The Nude' and then created our own interpretations of Henri Matisse's, 'The Woman' with watercolours on canvas. Beautiful work!

✨ Andy Warhol ‘Mickey Mouse’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨An all time favorite cartoon, Mickey Mouse, is loved even to this day. T...
28/09/2020

✨ Andy Warhol ‘Mickey Mouse’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨

An all time favorite cartoon, Mickey Mouse, is loved even to this day. The kids found this project a fun and cute little piece, while the adults who participated, found it a little difficult and two dimensional. Micky Mouse is such a universal character of acceptance and peace, its hard to believe he is almost 100 years old. The Andy Warhol version however, was reproduced on silk screen in 1981.

Andy Warhol. Pop Art. When you hear his name, it is completely inline with the Pop Art movement. It was 1960 when Andy Warhol, American artist and creative extraordinaire, came under the spell of Pop Art (simple, bold and bright images of the mass culture). He was an early adopter of silk screen and that became his passionate medium. He wanted to be different from other pop artists like Roy Lichtenstein and his cartoon characters, so showcasing the ordinary became his ‘thing’.

It is almost difficult to believe that the pop art movement already existed before Warhol got involved with it: it began in the mid 50s in Britain. And in some ways it's bizarre to think that Warhol was an artist before his pop art work. In fact, during the 1950s, Warhol was a very successful commercial illustrator for brands including Tiffany & Co., Vogue and Glamour magazine. And yet it is as though the two define one another. And to this day, Warhol and Pop Art are perhaps synonymous with one another.

✨ Joseph William Turner  ‘Bell Rock Lighthouse’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨ My 10-13 year olds were creative in their interpreta...
24/09/2020

✨ Joseph William Turner ‘Bell Rock Lighthouse’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨

My 10-13 year olds were creative in their interpretation of William Turner’s ‘Bell Rock Lighthouse’ (1819). No easy feat, the class went over the scheduled time to represent the great storm that entwined the Angus coastline of Scotland. We broke down the elements of the painting and focused on the main subject…the waves. The lighthouse seemed to be a secondary feature of the painting although the masterpiece was named after it. We created contours, shading and light and used differing materials - a myriad of brushes, tissues, and (plastic) forks and knives as he did to create the waves and represent the Romanticism of the painting.

A child prodigy, William Turner grew up in London in a middle class family. His father was a barber and wig maker, and his mother came from a family of business butchers owners. After dying young, his father became increasing close to him and they travel extensively around Europe.

He entered the Royal Academy of Arts at 14 and became a professor in his 20s. He was commissioned by the lead engineer Robert Stevenson to paint the famous Bell Rock Lighthouse. Without ever seeing the lighthouse in person, only by drawings of other artists, he proceeded to create a beautiful atmospheric water color and gouache painting that has been revered for centuries.

As he grew older, Turner became a recluse and more eccentric as time passed, living in squalor and poor health, but never forgot his love of painting.

Over the course of his 76 years, Turner created 550 oil paintings, 2,000 watercolours, and 30,000 journal entries in the form of color drawings and sketches.

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23/09/2020

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✨ DAVID HOCKNEY ‘The Wave’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT ✨Our own interpretation of David Hockney’s ‘The Wave’ (1990) was vivid and...
23/09/2020

✨ DAVID HOCKNEY ‘The Wave’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT ✨

Our own interpretation of David Hockney’s ‘The Wave’ (1990) was vivid and we thoroughly grasped the concepts of form and shape. The kids were encouraged to mix their own tints of blues and greens with white and create ’smily’ brushstrokes and texture. We had fun learning about Hockney’s experienemtal styles of art, with his most recently method of using an iPad to create his art.

David Hockney is considered one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Best-known for his series featuring Los Angeles swimming pools, Hockney is celebrated for his breezy style, lively colors, and continuous innovations in a wide range of mediums. “The Wave” exemplifies a multitude of these traits, featuring an abstract seascape made of saturated blues and tranquil teals.

He lived in the USA for decades and has since then been mostly associated with Pop Art. The brightness of the Californian sun and various swimming pool scenes dominate his paintings in that creative period. Since his return to Great Britain in 2005, Hockney has devoted himself to a new theme: the English landscape. In doing so, he stands in the tradition of British old masters like John Constable and William Turner.

"He paints the morning light and the evening light, the blackthorn and the hawthorn, the ash tree and the red light carnation and the embankments full of white-blooming wild carrots," says the catalogue to the exhibition "A Bigger Picture", published by Hirmer Verlag in Munich. Around 350 of Hockney's paintings from various creative periods are included.

Hockney holds several auction records for a work by a living artist. His “Portrait of an Artist” sold for $90 million in 2018.

“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent”. - David Hockney

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20/09/2020

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✨ FRANZ MARC ‘The Sheep’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT ✨There is a certain feeling one experiences when splashing color on a page i...
19/09/2020

✨ FRANZ MARC ‘The Sheep’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT ✨

There is a certain feeling one experiences when splashing color on a page in an unrefined way. We tried this when we created Franz Marc’s ‘The Sheep’ (1914). We spoke about understanding color psychology and what it all meant to Marc who was fascinated by animals.

Unlike some of his other paintings, Marc embraces the use of bold colours and shapes within The Sheep. Although it could be argued that this reflects the influence of Impressionism upon his style, the fact of the matter is that his tendency to embrace more conflicting colours seems to have been a characteristic of his paintings later in life and representative of the First World War.

Marc placed a great deal of importance upon the symbolism involved. Reds were seen as conflict and violence while blues and purples personal spirituality and the. Greens as tranquility.

✨WASSILY KANDINSKY ‘The Lyrical’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨What a smooth flowing art piece for children. My class were overjoye...
19/09/2020

✨WASSILY KANDINSKY ‘The Lyrical’ WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨

What a smooth flowing art piece for children. My class were overjoyed with the sheer simplicity and naïveté of Wassily Kandinsky’s ‘The Lyrical’. Primary colors mapped with secondary colors and perspective of lines to create form and shape were all part of this learning adventure.

We mainly used acrylic paints and found the joy in applying water to spread the color gradients. We tried to hear color, as did Kandinsky when hearing music and identifying that with a particular color.

Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian artist and art theorist, firstly studied Lawe and economics instead of Fine Art. He started painting at 30, and became intrinsict to the Bauhaus and Blue Rider movement in Munich. He heard sounds as color and believed that art was a person's inner vision, intertwining color and psychology.

His self-described "musical album," Klänge (Sounds), consists of thirty-eight prose-poems which he wrote between 1909 and 1911 and fifty-six woodcuts he began in 1907. In the woodcuts Kandinsky veiled his subject matter, creating increasingly indecipherable images (though the horse and rider, his leitmotif). This process proved crucial for the development of abstraction in his art.

✨FRIDA KAHLO 'Still life with Parrot and Fruit' WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨All the children understood that color is truly essen...
15/09/2020

✨FRIDA KAHLO 'Still life with Parrot and Fruit' WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨

All the children understood that color is truly essential for our existence as it enlightens and inspires us to gain new knowledge about the world around us. Through ‘Still Life with Parrot and Fruit’ (1951), we did as Frida Kahlo did, by mixing one or a combination of these hues (pure color) to establishe guardrails when we wanted to explore other shades (hue+black), tones (hue+white and black), and tints (hue+white).

‘Still Life with Parrot and Fruit’ painted with oils on canvas, explains the richness of the painting and why the colours are so vivid. The blue hue in the first half of the painting is saturated and is complementary to the abundance of orange that is found in the majority of the fruit on the table, along with tints of oranges, reds and greens.

There is a slice of melon at the centre with seeds and an orange that is cut close to the top with the flesh and seeds exposed. These form the focal point of the entire painting. The parrot is also part of the focal point in the centre, located behind the left side of the melon and looking straight at the viewer. It looks as if the parrot was eating the watermelon and inviting the viewer to do the same or making sure no one eats it.

Kahlo's paintings reflect not only her grief and pain, but also her subtle psychological powers of observation, trained on Freud, and above all her irrepressible joy of life, her "alegría". And so she wrote on her last painting, a still life with watermelons, while still dying: "Viva la Vida" - "Long live life".✨

✨ANDY WARHOL ‘Campbell’s Soup Can’ 6-9 YEAR OLDS WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨We created our own version of the infamous ‘Campbell...
15/09/2020

✨ANDY WARHOL ‘Campbell’s Soup Can’ 6-9 YEAR OLDS WEBINAR REPORT OUT✨
We created our own version of the infamous ‘Campbell’s Soup Can’ (1962) by Andy Warhol. Sketching, measuring, creating our own typeface. We spoke about the wonderful world of advertising and how he embraced popular culture. We realised that art doesn’t have to be beyond our imaginations, it too can be ordinary subjects, showing the world that we need to notice them too and make them extraordinary throughout time. As we have seen with the Campbell’s Soup Can.

Andy Warhol. Pop Art. When you hear his name, it is completely inline with the Pop Art movement. It was 1960 when Andy Warhol, American artist and creative extraordinaire, came under the spell of Pop Art (simple, bold and bright images of the mass culture). He was an early adopter of silk screen and that became his passionate medium. He wanted to be different from other pop artists like Roy Lichtenstein and his cartoon characters, so showcasing the ordinary became his ‘thing’.

It is almost difficult to believe that the pop art movement already existed before Warhol got involved with it: it began in the mid 50s in Britain. And in some ways it's bizarre to think that Warhol was an artist before his pop art work. In fact, during the 1950s, Warhol was a very successful commercial illustrator for brands including Tiffany & Co., Vogue and Glamour magazine. And yet it is as though the two define one another. And to this day, Warhol and Pop Art are perhaps synonymous with one another.

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Let your creativity give you wings…

Little Picassos Schwabing provides creative and inspirational Fine Art classes for children and adults, online all around the world and in person in Munich, Germany.

We offer these classes online

1. Private Group Events and Private Lessons

2. Small Group Online Fine Art Classes

3. Fine Art Zoom Webinars

Offline we hold Fine Art classes in schools and art studios.

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist”

- Pablo Picasso

Starting from the world’s most well-known masterpieces, lessons combine art appreciation with personal artistic development and lots of fun. Each masterpiece provides the context for the art being created, as students develop their techniques and create their own versions of the iconic works.

We believe every child is born with creative potential. Through structured, and entertaining classes, kids will gain confidence and develop their own expression of art.

“Art allows the heart, body and mind to sing the same tune”

- Cynthia Drack

Cynthia Drack, the head of Little Picassos Schwabing in Munich, is a finger painting artist. Her paintings, in which she combines bold color and abstract techniques, have been exhibited in art galleries around the world, and her clients include private art lovers and businesses.

Cynthia is an artist and art educator and has been working with schools, galleries and private students for over ten years, sharing her passion for Fine Art through in-person and online classes. She believes there is no greater joy than the sense of achievement through creation.

Cynthia has been fascinated by art and artists since she was a little girl. She loved drawing cartoons, replicating oil paintings with colored pencils and her yearning for self-expression grew stronger with time. During her university studies in Psychology and Business Marketing she took courses in painting, drawing, ceramics, mono-printing and stained-glass window making.

Her creative talents were a great asset in her corporate career as Head of Marketing for a Merchant Bank in Melbourne, Australia. In 2007 she moved to Munich and after starting a family, she was inspired by her children’s curiosity for art and expression. She founded Little Picassos believing that Fine Art should be accessible to even the youngest children. She later created Big Picassos: Art and Entertainment nights for adults looking to develop their artistic skills and have fun with art.

Over the course of 10 years Cynthia has developed and refined her own art teaching method that incorporates the whole child in order to build a strong foundation in art making, and assists in the child’s physical, mental, social and emotional development. From inception, a pivotal part of her art lessons has been the regular incorporation of paintings by the Great Masters. By standing on the shoulders of giants, every lesson is designed to build on artistic strengths to boost age appropriate skills.

In mid March 2020, the COVID 19 lockdown in Germany compelled Cynthia to find a way to continue spreading her love of Fine Art and connect people who were suddenly isolated. Her first TitBit instructional video was created within a day of the lockdown, and a few days later she became a pioneer of interactive live online art classes. It has been a lovely and heart-warming experience for Cynthia to educate thousands of children during this period, and the positive feedback has been humbling.

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I love this! I love Frida Kahlo!
Framed my daughter JC's waterlily painting, it looks even better in a frame! 😊🎨💯
JC finally completed her waterlilies with some help from mummy. I (mummy) completed mine too🥳🥳🥳 We are so happy with our achievements, thank you so much for all your help ☺️
Thank you for inspiring my 10 yr old to do his own painting of his marigolds after your brilliant Van Gogh, Sunflowers session. This boy struggles with art & you have motivated him.
What an amazing start of a day . Online drawing class . #Vincent Van Gogh # Sunflowers.looking forward to do more .
We had an amazing drawing session in the morning. Thank you . Looking forward to do more .# Vincent Van Gogh-Sunflower.
Unfortunately JC couldn't cope with doing hers today so I ended up doing mine by myself lol. So this is JC's mummy's Dali acrylic painting 😁🎨
JC's (8yrs) waterlilies...... Unfinished but hoping to get her to finish off with the bridge this weekend 🤞🏽
thank you for having us!Edward really enjoyed the b class !!
thank you for today !!Edward really enjoyed it!
thank you for all the help today.Edward really enjoyed the class.He cant wait for the next one !
Thank you for today 🙂 from Lara, Esme, Pennie and Sam