Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for a Picasso Art Project and Picasso Coloring page. It’s a fun self portrait project that teaches a bit about cubism at the same time.
Draw like Picasso Drawing
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.
Getting Started with Drawing Guides
The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing lesson is to show them how to use guides as a reference point.
You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this site have a dashed line running through the center of each step, both in the horizontal and vertical direction. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.
For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, the beginning of the profile drawing needs start at the top and go down past the middle, mostly sitting on the center vertical line. It’s important get that line centered so the face will be balanced when complete. When beginners get their drawing off to a good start, there’s a better chance of them feeling successful by the time they are done.
So does that mean students need to get out a ruler to draw a big fat line down the center of their paper before they start? Goodness no, please don’t! That will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. No, simply fold the sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.
And now, on to the Picasso art project.
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Materials for How to Draw a Picasso Art Project
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Directions for How to Draw a Picasso Art Project
Time needed: 30 minutes.
How to Draw like Picasso
- Start profile forehead and nose.
- Continue down with the mouth.
- Add chin and neck.
- Start the profile eye.
- Finish with the brow.
- Continue the chin line, add neck.
- Draw the front view eye.
- Finish the front view lips.
- Trace with marker and color.