Picasso Portraits — Kindergarten Style!


Picasso gives us many great oppor­tu­ni­ties to teach about abstract art! I like to do this les­son with my Kinders after I teach them the more “tra­di­tional” meth­ods of draw­ing por­traits. They really enjoy this chance to “get a lit­tle crazy” with their art! (Warn­ing: Get ready to hear some of the FUNNIEST com­ments from 5 and 6 year olds while doing this project.… My favorite was from a lit­tle boy who very seri­ously said, “Hmmm…This kind of looks like my dad.”)


Begin by show­ing stu­dents some exam­ples of Picasso’s work in the var­i­ous dif­fer­ent styles he worked in. Talk about real­is­tic vs. abstract art. Then get to work cre­at­ing a self-portrait in the style of Picasso! (No mir­rors needed for this one!)

Use a black “F” Sharpie and crayons for this project.… no draw­ing first with pen­cil and no eras­ing. Just go for it and have FUN!!

1. At the top of your paper, write “Picasso” and below that write his dates: 1881 — 1973.

2. Now draw a large oval in the cen­ter of your paper.

3. Next, divide your oval in half with some­thing other than a straight line.

4. Add three (or more) eyes, two noses, and two mouths. Place them any­where you like, even going right off the face! Com­bine front views and side views. Add some ears, too, and some hair. (Remem­ber to draw the hair as a shape!)

5. Add a tri­an­gle below the face for your neck and shoul­ders. Jazz it up with some fun pat­terns and geo­met­ric shapes. (Picasso loved geo­met­ric shapes!)

6. Now, draw some fun shapes and pat­terns in the background.

7. Finally, color your draw­ing with crayons. Press hard so the col­ors will be nice and bright. (Picasso loved color!) Remem­ber to color “the kinder­garten way”*.… all one direc­tion, so it doesn’t look scribbly.

*If you’re talk­ing to 1st graders, say “the 1st grade way”, etc.



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5 Responses to Picasso Portraits — Kindergarten Style!

  1. Anne January 14, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

    This one looks too good to pass up… We need a project for an art show in April. These will be perfect.

  2. erica January 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    those are SO cute!!! i hope that you do some projects like this with emrie someday :)

  3. Flor Larios Art January 21, 2010 at 7:37 am #

    Wow! Super… I love them all!

  4. The stu­dents did an amaz­ing job.

    I really like how you incor­po­rate the art his­tory les­son in your les­son plan.

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