Picasso Face Roll & Draw Activity

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This is by far my most popular Roll & Draw activity!

Teachers love using this activity as a follow-up to their introduction to Picasso as a way try making an abstract face.

Students are fascinated by all the different combinations of faces that are possible.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement.  In his later work, he used a style that showed the features of the face from different points of view, which gave the face a mixed up feeling. 

Roll the dice to create your own mixed-up face using some of the features found in Picasso’s work.

The features in this roll & draw game are all taken from portraits made by Picasso and found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  See if your students can figure out which portraits were used for each feature. Hint: all of the ideas for each dice number are taken from the same portrait.

The second page provides you with a key, which includes the web address and accession number that will help you quickly find an on-line image.

What you get:

  • 2 versions of the Picasso Face dice drawing sheet
  • An answer key telling which works of art inspired the facial features
  • Suggestions on how to use the dice drawing sheet
  • Explanation of the differences between the 2 versions

A total of 6 pages.

Once the face is complete, encourage students to add hair, and maybe a hat, neck or body.

The drawings can be used as a fun follow up to a Picasso movie or art history lesson. 

They could also be turned into a collage, painting, mixed media or even clay slab project. 

Designed to be different:

  • Roll & Draw pages turn drawing into a fun game.
  • Simple drawings ideas help children feel successful.
  • Finding drawing combinations keep kids drawing longer.
  • Drawing choices invite children to think.

You’ll want to be sure to download the free binder cover so that you can start your binder collection of Expressive Monkey drawing pages.


Easily download this PDF with a link that is automatically emailed to you immediately after your purchase and you can begin drawing right away!