Paint Like Picasso: Art Projects for Kids

June 17, 2010

Want to paint like Picasso? It all starts by getting kids connected with great resources that engage them and teach them what they need to know to succeed.

The following article will guide you to five Picasso-centered art projects/activities that are surefire winners with the elementary school crowd.

Begin by reading a little about the artist, and then dive into the activities.

Hey Kids, Meet Pablo Picasso – Biography for Kids
Pablo Picasso was born on October 25,1881 in Malaga, Spain. He was the first child of Don Jose Ruiz y Blasco, an art teacher, and Maria Picasso y Lopez. At an early age Pablo showed an interest in drawing. His first words were “piz, piz”, which is short for “lapiz”, the Spanish word for pencil…

Mr. Picasso Head – Interactive Activity
Mr. Picasso Head allows kids to create their own cubist-style portrait using Picasso features. Choose a face, eyes, nose and more! Change the colors, resize, flip, or rotate each feature. When your portrait is complete, sign it and add it to the Mr. Picasso Head Gallery.

Paint Your Own Picasso – Interactive Activity
Paint Your Own Picasso is an online activity that allows kids to select cubist facial features, drag them to the pre-drawn face and arrange them until everything looks perfect. Then pick up a color and color your Picasso face. When you are finished, you can print your masterpiece.

Picasso Art Masterpiece Cookies
This project gives kids a chance to create a work of art on a sugar cookie in Picasso’s distinctive sytle. Art has never been this delicious!

What You’ll Need:
4″ Sugar Cookies
Cookie Frosting
Food Coloring
Popsicle Sticks or Paint Brushes
Icing Bag (or sandwich bag with corner cut)

Create a Cubist Montage
This art project help kids to understand that cubist works show the same thing from several sides at the same time. Kids will create a cubist work with magazine clippings, assembling and gluing eyes, hair, noses and lips from multiple angles.

What You’ll Need:
Several Photographs of People
Paper for Base of the Collage
Colored Pencils, Markers, or Paints
Glossy or Matte Acrylic Varnish
Flat, Bristle Paintbrush

Picasso’s Three Musician’s Watercolor Project
This watercolor project is a perfect introduction to the art of Pablo Picasso. The printable lesson is a step-by-step guide, that offers basic watercolor painting techniques while guiding students in the painting of the harlequinn musician from Picasso’s cubist masterpiece Three Musicians of 1905.

What You’ll Need:
Watercolor Paint Set
Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paint Brush
Cup of Clean Water
Paper Towel for Blotting



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Drawing Terms | Free Printable Word Search Worksheet
Free Art Masterpiece Coloring Pages
Free Bible Coloring Pages


2 Responses to “Paint Like Picasso: Art Projects for Kids”

  1. ameen Says:

    I’m looking forward to trying out “Mr. Picasso Head” with my kids.

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