Picasso Face Demonstration

Saturday, July 8, 2017
This fun Picasso art project for kids will make it difficult to hold back the giggles!  Children love all the possibilities and you'll love how easy it will be to plan this abstract portrait drawing lesson!


Are you looking for an easy way to ease into painting with your students?  This technique uses only Sharpie markers, crayons, texture plates, colored markers, and water (no paint)
- and looks GREAT!


Step 1
Start 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.  When they are finished, they can add hair, a neck, and shoulders. 

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. 



Step 2
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).



Step 3
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.

I used Fiskars texture plates, but there are other brands that will work as well.

For the best results, choose a contrasting color from the marker outline.  I chose color complements for the most contrast:
Red & Green
Yellow & Purple
Blue & Orange

Here is a lesson on teaching Contrasting Colors which includes color complements.
Step 4

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.

Here is a short video of adding water:


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This fun Picasso art project for kids will make it difficult to hold back the giggles!  Children love all the possibilities and you'll love how easy it will be to plan this abstract portrait drawing lesson!


This fun Picasso art project for kids will make it difficult to hold back the giggles!  Children love all the possibilities and you'll love how easy it will be to plan this abstract portrait drawing lesson!


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