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Easy Picasso Art Project Tutorial Video and Picasso Coloring Page

Here you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for a Picasso Art Project Video and Picasso Coloring page. It also teaches a bit about cubism.

Picasso Drawing

Picasso and Drawing

This Picasso art project began as an oil pastel project years ago, and did lend itself well to the painterly qualities that pastels sometimes have. I decided to share this new version though, created just with crayons to show how pressing hard can still create some rich colors. The sample art above was actually made by layering crayons on the large face shapes. It makes for some interesting colors and texture.

If you’d like your students to remember that cubism is about seeing more than one side of something at a time, then I don’t know a more literal way to interpret that than a front and profile view of a face, smooshed together. You can’t help but make some interesting instant abstract art.

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish born painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and theatre designer who played a huge role in the art world in the early 1900s. His creating and experimenting helped him to become one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art. If there is only limited time for art history lessons for your elementary students, a Picasso art project will always be a smart way to go.

Time Lapse Drawing of a Picasso Art Project

Time lapse of Picasso drawing tutorial

Why Draw with Guides?

You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this website have a dashed vertical line and horizontal line running through the center of each step. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow. All they need to do is fold their sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The best part is, by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will have disappeared!

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Picasso Art Coloring Page

Picasso Tracing page, available as a free download.

Picasso Tracing Page

Materials to Draw a Picasso Art Project

  • Drawing Paper. This is the good stuff you can buy in bulk for a good price.
  • Pencils. I like how this brand always makes nice dark lines.
  • Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a dark black color.
  • Crayons. The larger packs are nice for more color choices.
  • Note: All of the above are Amazon affiliate links.

Directions for Picasso Project

Time needed: 30 minutes

How to Draw an Cubism Portrait like Picasso

  1. Start profile forehead and nose.

  2. Continue down with the mouth.

  3. Add chin and neck.

  4. Draw the profile eye.

  5. Finish with the brow and lips.

  6. Continue the chin line, add neck.

  7. Draw the front view eye.

  8. Finish the front view eyebrow and lips.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

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