Picasso Faces Lesson
4 Days (90 minute class)

Michigan Merit Curriculum:

C.3 Understand, recognize, and use the elements,
organizational principles, patterns, relationships,
techniques, skills, and applications of the visual, performing,
or applied arts discipline.

C.4 Use the best available and appropriate instruments,
resources, tools, and technologies to facilitate critical
decision-making, problem solving, editing, and the creation
of solutions.

P.4 Perform, present, exhibit, publish, or demonstrate the
results of the artistic/creative process for an audience.

  • Students will create a portrait in the same style as Pablo Picasso .
  • Students will demonstrate how to create an artwork with oil pastels.
  • Students will display their artwork in the hallways.

Vocabulary Words:

color, line, shape, abstract, cubism, Pablo Picasso

Have copies made of Picasso's biography for each student. Have oil pastels out.

Materials and Resources:
  • evaluation sheet
  • example of the artwork
  • example of Picasso's artwork
  • Pablo Picasso biography worksheet
  • oil pastels
  • rough draft paper
  • Sharpie marker
  • 12x18” white paper
  • pencil
  • newspaper (to put under student artwork while working with oil pastels)

  • Teacher will show example of the project and of Picasso's artwork.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Students will read about Pablo Picasso.


Day 1:
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Teacher will show examples of the project and examples of Picasso's artwork.
  • Students will read about Picasso.
  • Teacher will demonstrate on the board how to draw a Picasso portrait (two faces in one – profile and frontal view).
  • Students will draw a rough draft of their abstract Picasso face and then trace their drawing with marker.

Day 2:
  • Students will receive their final paper and trace their Picasso face with pencil.
  • Students will begin coloring with oil pastels – making sure to layer and blend the colors.

Day 3:
  • Students will continue to color their artwork.

Day 4:
  • Students will finish coloring and turn in their project (the more detail, the better the grade!).


lesson adapted from Jeannette Anthos – off of the website http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/Files/picasso.htm