Picasso faces Art Lesson for First Grade
This lesson is a fun substitute to regular portraits. First, the kids looked at pictures of Picasso’s portraits (Portrait of Marie-Therese and Portrait of Dora Maar) and studied the shapes and patterns Picasso used. They loved Picasso’s way of drawing the facial features.
Then, following a directed-line drawing the kids drew a head, neck, body and hair with a black oil pastel on white construction paper. Using colorful tempera paints, the children painted the different sections of their portraits, making sure they used two colors for their face. After the paint dried, they cut around the black line and used Mod-Podge to apply the face to a colored piece of construction paper. To use the Mod-Podge correctly, brush a small amount on the construction paper first and then apply the face. Adhere with another layer of Mod-Podge.
Set aside to dry.
Making the facial features
The next class, each child received a scrap piece of white paper to make Picasso-style eyes and mouths. They colored them in with oil pastels, cut them out and pasted them onto their face with Mod-Podge.
I encouraged the children to think where Picasso might place his eyes, nose and mouth. The last step, the children used oil pastel to trace over their lines and add details like eyelashes.