Pablo Picasso Game
Are you looking for a fun way to supplement your art history lessons? Going to be absent and need last minute art sub plans? Fill up your sub tub with low-prep art lessons like this Pablo Picasso game that excites students. Teach your students about modern art, Cubism, and complementary colors.
Are you trying to foster more independence in your art room? This Pablo Picasso game makes for the best and most productive early finisher activity for your students. You can set up a choice-based art center where students select an activity amongst different ones. Print out the game board and directions back to back, put them in a labeled folders, and let them pick what they’d like to create. This is similar to a directed drawing activity in which students are guided through the art process.
If you’re a teacher looking for a differentiated art lesson that boosts independent thinking, problem-solving, and skill-acquisition, this will do the trick.
You will create an abstract portrait by rolling the die and collecting the different parts required to create it using this Pablo Picasso game.
First, draw a large head and shoulders on construction paper. Then roll the die to select a nose from the first column and draw it. Next, roll for the lips in the second column. Then, roll for the front-facing eye and the profile eye in the third and fourth columns. Lastly, roll twice to select the ears from the fifth column.
Then, draw the profile of a face down the middle of the head, connecting the nose and lips to this line. Add hair, a shirt, and other unique details to your design. Use oil pastels to color it in, blending the colors with your finger.
First, print out the game and picture directions back-to-back. Then give your students dice and watch them have fun creating their own art project independently. Alternatively, if you’re a choice-based art teacher, you can use the “You Pick” version of the game. If you have access to a smartboard or projector, use the accompanying PowerPoint presentation. It will guide the students during each part of the art project.
Once completed, have students use the self-assessment rubrics to evaluate their artwork based on craftsmanship, creativity, following directions, work habits, project goals, and clean up. And then have them complete the “Big Ideas” sheet so they can connect the creation process to their learning.
If you are substituting or need a fast finisher activity, use the included coloring page.
- 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade
Main Learning Objective
- Students will be able to create an abstract portrait in the style of Pablo Picasso using oil pastels
- Oil Pastels
- Construction Paper
You Will Receive
- 12-Page, Non-Editable PDF (Pablo Picasso Game)
- 9-Page, Non-Editable PowerPoint Presentation
- Dice Game
- Choice-Based Drawing Version of the Game
- Step-by-Step Picture Tutorial and Directions
- Pablo Picasso Biography Handout
- Visual Arts Self-Assessment Rubrics
- Artist “Big Ideas” Reflection Sheets
- 8, “I CAN” Statements Aligned to the Studio Habits of Mind
- Practice Drawing Page
- Coloring Page
- Paperless Google Drive digital resource for students (also or use on Google Classroom, Google Slides, and Microsoft OneDrive)
My students struggle to come up with ideas–they’re always asking me what they should do next in a piece of artwork, and it confuses them when I smile and say, “It’s YOUR piece, do what you want!” This activity will be a great exercise for them in seeing where a piece of art takes them, randomly. – Megan Cooper
My child is always saying, “I’m not a good artist, I don’t know what to draw…” I think she just needs practice, and this is a really fun “game” to help with that. It covers the feelings of inadequacy and solves the dilemma of what to draw. Thank you! – Shawna M.
Great as an easy sub plan or to introduce Picasso’s cubism style! Students enjoy creating while playing a dice game. Fun! – Jessica R.