Sydney Picasso Visits Pilot

Sydney Picasso, a prolific author, acclaimed art historian and daughter-in- law of famed Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso, met with students on May 19, 2018 to talk about her famous family and the importance of art in education.

Picasso, who lives in Paris and is a board member of the Royal Drawing School, the International Councils of the Tate Modern and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and a Trustee of the China Art Foundation, spoke about the critical nature of art in education, not only to nurture a child’s natural curiosity, but as a means of helping them develop academically as well.

“Art clearly helps to cultivate a child’s creativity, but it also strengthens their problems solving skills, teaches them both how to collaborate and work individually, helps them maintain focus and often give them confidence — all of which are incredibly important life skills,” said Picasso.

“Pablo had a famous saying: ‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up’. My hope is that Pilot's incredibly talented and engaged students will keep those artistic embers alive and continue to create and explore for years to come.”

Ms. Picasso was joined by Sam Sweet, the CEO and Executive Director of the Delaware Art Museum, for a lively discussion with the students in the indoor stone amphitheater. During the discussion, the students, who have been learning about Pablo Picasso in class, added individual elements to a “Picasso-like” face abstract. The finished product will be on display in the lobby for the remainder of the month.

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