Picasso Art Project Technique
Drawing a Picasso Face
Start your Picasso art project by making a Picasso Face using Picasso Face Roll & Draw Activity.
First, students will roll the dice to pick out the features of the face. After students pick out the parts of the face, they can add hair, a neck, and shoulders.
You can use pencils to make the drawing or just jump right into using Sharpie markers when making their Picasso Face drawing since this is an abstract picture, students don’t need to be as concered about making mistakes.
Go over some of the marker lines a second time to thicken them up.
Colored Marker Outline
After making the drawing with a black permanent marker, outline each area with a colored marker.
For the best results:
• Use new washable markers.
• Choose dark colors.
•Go over the outline two times (or more).
Crayon Texture Rubbing
After outlining with marker, 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 crayon cookies in this blog post.
Keep in mind, texture rubbings also work well with peeled broken crayons.
I used Fiskars texture plates to make the texture rubbings, but other brands will work as well.
Did you know, you can even make your texture rubbing plates?
Here are some ways to make texture rubbing plates:
For the best results, choose a contrasting color from the marker outline.
In this example, I chose color complements for the most contrast:
Brush Your Picasso Art Project With Water
For the best results:
- 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.
- Keep in mind you can always add a little watercolor to the center of each area.
Now, admire your finished Picasso art project!!
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This infographic is a good reminder that kids, especially reluctant drawers, are in a special place that requires nurturing from their art teachers to cultivate confidence and a love of drawing. This is the perfect time to celebrate their ideas more than their technique and reward their efforts more than their finished product.
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