I love all of the connections, discoveries, and links that are created from my blogging efforts. Case in point; TechWarrior, a relatively new blog (less than a year old) put up a link to my site, so I paid a visit to the site to see what I could discover. Lo and behold, I found a fun little site that explores what Mr. Potato Head would look like given a Picasso-esque make over.
Mr. Picasso Head allows users to create their own Picasso inspired portraits using drag and drop facial features including eyes, noses, hair, and others. You can then share your creation with others via e-mail or save it for later use and viewing in the online gallery. This would be a great tool for Art teachers looking for a simple way for students to start thinking about creating and sharing artwork online, but more importantly, it can help to illustrate concepts like perspective, aesthetics, and composition, as the greater work is dependent upon not just which pieces you pick, but also how you arrange them, color them, and manipulate them.
General Ed teachers could use the tool as a fun way to introduce lessons on diversity, having the students create their own Picasso Heads and then looking for similarities and differences among them. More enterprising Secondary teachers could use the tool as a centerpiece for creative writing projects, or as a simple tie-in to art history or cultural lessons. I hope I’m not going out too far on a limb with these ideas, as the website isn’t terribly robust. However, there are a lot of really fun little ideas to be done with this site.