Create Self-Portraits in the style of Pablo Picasso!
Category: Mix media painting and drawing
Materials: Common drawing or painting media can be used. We recommend watercolor paint and crayons or oil pastels. You will also need paper, a sketching pencil and an eraser.
Note: Crayon can be used to trace and color select areas as well as add shapes to your background. The crayon will resist the watercolor, like a barrier, allowing you to do different colors on different areas without mixing. But mixing is fun too. Enjoy!
Inspiration for your self-portrait:
Look at portraits by Pablo Picasso and discuss what you see! View more of Picasso’s self-portraits here.
– What do you notice?
– What colors do you see?
– What shapes do you see?
– How are later works different from his early works?
– How does does these works make you feel?
In pencil, draw your head, any shape will work. You can use a mirror or draw from your imagination.
Add your facial features, eyes, nose, mouth, etc. Try to use shapes you noticed in your discussion.
Add your hair. What lines can you use to look like hair?
Add color, drawing lines and filling shapes in parts of the face, hair and background.
Teaching Artist: Jocelyn Jones