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Picasso Art Project Technique

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Picasso Art Project Technique

 
This Picasso art project is an easy way to ease into painting with your students.  
The art technique you are about to see uses only Sharpie markers, crayons, texture plates, colored markers, and water (no paint)
– and looks GREAT!
 
 
 

Drawing a Picasso Face

using a roll & draw to make a black line drawing
Start your Picasso art project by making a Picasso Face using Expressive Monkey’s Roll & Draw page.
Students will roll the dice to pick out the features of the face. Next, students will roll the dice to pick out the features of the face. They can add hair, a neck, and shoulders when they finish.
 
You can find the Roll & Draw page on my website store or TpT store.
 
Students can use pencils first or just jump right into using Sharpie markers when making their Picasso Face drawing.
 
Go over some of the marker lines a second time to thicken them up.
 
 

 

Colored Marker Outline

 
Step 2 - colored marker outline
Next, outline each area with a colored marker.
 
For the best results:
 • use fresh washable markers.
• choose dark colors.
• go over the outline 2 times (or more).
 
 
 
 

Crayon Texture Rubbing

Step 3 - crayon texture rubbing
 
Then add a texture rubbing to each area.  You can use regular crayons or crayon cookies, which are melted crayons (a great way to recycle old crayons).  You can see how to make the crayon cookies in this blog post.
Texture rubbings also work well with peeled broken crayons.  
 

Texture Plates

I used Fiskars texture plates, but other brands will work as well. 
Indeed, you can even make your own texture rubbing plates!
 
For the best results, choose a contrasting color from the marker outline.  
For example, I chose color complements for the most contrast:
 

Color Complements

Red & Green
Yellow & Purple
Blue & Orange
 
Here is a lesson on teaching Contrasting Colors which includes color complements.
 
 
 
 

Brush Your Picasso Art Project With Water

Step 4 - brush with water
 
Finally, go over each area with water.
 
For the best results:
• Just paint one area at a time (not the whole page).
• Make sure the marker lines get wet.
• Be GENTLE with the brush (use just the tip).
• Work the color into the center gently by going over the area several times.
 
 
 

Finished!

Now, admire your finished Picasso art project!!

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A face drawn in the style of Pablo Picasso. The face is a woman's head with long hair. The eyes are mismatched and there is a line running down the middle of the face. The face has a marker outline around each shape, a texture rubbing inside each shape, and a watercolor resist over the texture rubbing. The text says, "Roll & Draw Picasso Face Step-by-Step Demo".
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Stacey Peters

Stacey Peters

I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art. I'm a former elementary art teacher of 25 years turned business owner. Giving you the tools you need to bring more drawing into your classroom brings me joy.

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  1. Yes, it's important to have paper that isn't too absorbent. 80-903 drawing paper works the best for me. Also, it's important that you get the marker wet. If you didn't use the right paper or if your marker isn't bleeding well, you can alway add a little watercolor. Another trick is to rub the marker on a shiny surface, such as a plastic lid, then use a wet brush to "pick up" the color and paint with it.

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