Picasso Style Self Portrait

Picasso’s Blue Period paintings are great for seeing the power of color. A side self-portrait with lowered eyes in blues and greens makes for a great study. MATERIALS Picasso Blue Period PDF Tutorial Watercolor paper, 6″ x 9″ art journal size Black Sharpie marker Liquid watercolor, blue and green Brush   DIRECTIONS This project asks students to draw themselves looking down and off the page to increase the forlorn look that Picasso’s art had … Read More

Picasso Monsters

Mix a little Picasso art history and Halloween fun by drawing a cubism face with clip art eyes. Mismatched eyes, that is. MATERIALS Pycomall, sheet of Cartoon Eyes $8 Color printer Color printing paper for the eyes Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker, chisel tip Crayons DIRECTIONS Those on a budget could use magazine eyes, but I had too many kids to chance that they could all find some. I found a place called Pycomall.com … Read More

Cubism Face Fun

Mix Frankenstein with computer illustrated eye drawings and kids can have fun making some very silly faces. MATERIALS Pycomall, sheet of Cartoon Eyes $8 Drawing paper Black Sharpie marker, chisel tip Crayons   DIRECTIONS Those on a budget could use magazine eyes, but I had too many kids to chance that they could all find some, so I looked for another option online. I found a place called Pycomall and bought a sheet of … Read More

Draw an Abstract Self Portrait

Here is an adaptation of my popular Abstract Face project for older students. It still has simple features that fill the face, but allows for some personalization with hair and shoulders, etc. I think it might make a good early self portrait project for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as it bypasses all the fussy eye and mouth details that I see so many students get stuck with. • View and download Abstract Self … Read More

Picasso Journal Page

Picasso’s Blue Period paintings are great for seeing the power of color. A side self-portrait with lowered eyes in blues and greens makes a great study. MATERIALS Picasso Blue Period PDF Tutorial Watercolor paper, 6″ x 9″ art journal size Black Sharpie marker Liquid watercolor, blue and green Brush   DIRECTIONS This project asks students to draw themselves looking down and off the page to increase the forlorn look that Picasso’s art had at … Read More

Big Face Painting Tutorial

It’s natural for young artists to draw small, so directing them to touch the edge of the paper really opens things up. This formula will work with all kinds of media, and creates a lot of big spaces that are easily colored or painted. 1. Draw a nose line in the middle of the paper, make it as long as your finger. 2. Draw two angled lines on the side of the nose. 3. … Read More

Cubist Paper Bag Costume

A Halloween book that included faces on paper bags inspired my “Cubism” costume. MATERIALS Brown grocery bag Oil pastels   DIRECTIONS I used a regular brown grocery bag, and started by drawing the split face on one side with a black pastel. For more specifics on how to draw the two-sided face, check out my post HERE. After the features were drawn in black, I colored white pastel to fill in the background and … Read More

How to Draw a Cubism Portrait

Simply said, cubism involves looking at something from more than one point of view. Here’s a way to draw a face that takes that idea pretty literally. One side is a front view and one side is profile. • View and download Cubism Portrait Tutorial MATERIALS • Black card stock or construction paper • Oil pastels   DIRECTIONS 1. Draw the face on black construction paper. 2. Trace all the lines with a black … Read More

Picasso Pastel Portraits

This Pablo Picasso project is based on his contribution of cubism, the idea of looking at something from different angles. A good way to demonstrate this idea is to draw a portrait with both a front and profile view.   MATERIALS • Black construction paper, 9″ x 12″ • Oil pastels DIRECTIONS 1. Show the students how to draw a profile down the middle of the paper. Start at the top center, draw a … Read More

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