Draw fun and wacky faces inspired by the famous artist Pablo Picasso. An easy way to learn about Picasso for kids of all ages! Please find out how to make a Picasso face below with our printable instructions. All you need are oil pastels and a blank canvas to get started, or pick your favorite art supplies and use our idea as a starting point for your own masterpiece.
PICASSO ART FOR KIDS
PABLO PICASSO FOR KIDS
Cubism is a form of modern art, started by the artist Pablo Picasso along with Georges Braque. Picasso was born in Spain and spent most of his working life in France. He is one of the most well-known modern artists.
Picasso brought different views of subjects (usually objects or figures) together in the same picture, resulting in paintings that appear fragmented and abstracted. The objects would be formed using cubes and other geometric shapes. This is why his faces would look disjointed.
Picasso was also inspired by African tribal masks which are shown in an unnatural way but still look like a person. ‘A head’, said Picasso, ‘is a matter of eyes, nose, mouth, which can be distributed in any way you like.
Create your own fun cubist face art inspired by Picasso. Use shapes and straight lines to draw the parts of the face and put them anywhere you like!
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WHY DO ART WITH KIDS?
Children are naturally curious. They observe, explore, and imitate, trying to figure out how things work and how to control themselves and their environments. This freedom of exploration helps children form connections in their brain, it helps them learn—and it’s also fun!
Art allows children to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life but also for learning. These include the aesthetic, scientific, interpersonal, and practical interactions that can be discovered through the senses, intellect, and emotions.
Making and appreciating art involves emotional and mental faculties!
Art, whether making it, learning about it, or simply looking at it – offers a wide range of important experiences.
In other words, it’s good for them!
PICASSO FACE DRAWING
Note: You’re “canvas” can be anything including paper, a cereal box, or a foam core board. This project can easily be done with art materials of your choice if you do not have the materials we listed below.
Looking for more fun drawing ideas? Check out our self-portrait ideas for kids.
- Oil Pastels
- Black marker
STEP 1: Use a ruler to divide your canvas into four sections. Then draw a large X from corner to corner.
STEP 2: Draw eyes, nose and a mouth using only straight lines. Be creative!
STEP 3: Use oil pastels to color your face.
STEP 4: Blend the pastels using the Q-tips.
STEP 5: Outline the colored areas with a black marker and you have your cubist Picasso face!
Helpful Art Resources To Get You Started
Here are a few resources that will help you introduce art more effectively to your kiddos or students and feel confident yourself when presenting materials. You’ll find helpful free printables throughout.
- Free Color Mixing Mini Pack
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- How to Make Paint
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- What Are The 7 Elements Of Art?
- STEAM Activities (Science + Art)
- Make an art cart!
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