Focus on the human face and tap into students’ imaginations with this creative drawing lesson. Art by Pablo Picasso inspires these whimsical drawings.
Students look at and discuss work by Picasso, learn about and draw a human face with realistic proportions, then focus on shapes that create the planes and features of the face, turning those into geometric shapes to create interesting, abstract face compositions splashed with color for additional effect.
Extend the lesson with a writing activity or expand the lesson with an alternate introduction that introduces Cubism as an art movement.
This drawing lesson includes the following:
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for looking at art by Pablo Picasso
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- an alternate introduction that introduces Cubism
- directions for art-making
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- suggestions for writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
-Also included: Informational text reading/response printables:
• About Pablo Picasso- informational text artist biography
• Thinking about Pablo Picasso - a “draw and write” response worksheet
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis; and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
Because I teach in California, this lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
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This lesson is bundled with two other lessons in
Fun With Abstract Faces
Related Art lessons:
Art Lessons With Faces
Abstract Art for Kids
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Start With Art
- five exploratory Art lessons with focus on elements of art
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
Free Art resources:
Making Time For Art
-- suggestions and ideas for integrating art in the classroom
Looking at Art with Kids
- using well-known art works to supplement the curriculum
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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