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How to Draw like Picasso

Here’s a fun Picasso art project that is all about drawing two views of a face at the same time. He spent his life experimenting with different art ideas.

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 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.

This cubism style portrait 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.

MATERIALS

DIRECTIONS

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Draw like Picasso

  1. Start profile forehead and nose.

  2. Continue down with the mouth.

  3. Add chin and neck.

  4. Start the profile eye.

  5. Finish with the brow.

  6. Continue the chin line, add neck.

  7. Draw the front view eye.

  8. Finish the front view lips.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

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