Focus on the human face and activate students’ imaginations with this creative abstract 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 abstract face compositions splashed with color for added effect.
Extend the lesson with a writing activity or deepen the lesson with an alternate introduction that introduces Cubism as an art movement.
Picasso-inspired Abstract Face Drawing is bundled with two other lessons in
Fun With Abstract Faces.
This lesson includes the following:
- national visual arts standards information
- 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
- informational text about Pablo Picasso
- a student response worksheet about Pablo Picasso
Also included in this resource:
• guidelines for human face proportions
• helpful tips for drawing human faces
• samples of expressive face ideas
• an art reflection worksheet designed to help students assess their own art work
• a mini-biography of Picasso Picasso with related ‘draw and write’ worksheet
This art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
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.
Related art lessons:
Art Lessons With Faces
Abstract Art for Kids
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
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I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
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