Picasso style self portraits, 5th grade


  1. DRAWING SELF PORTRAIT: LIGHTLY in pencil, have child draw outline of a portrait of themselves. Have them LIGHTLY draw a line directly down the center of face (this line will later be erased, so stress that they draw it LIGHTLY).
  2. CREATING 2 SIDES OF FACE: Have the children view each side of the face differently. The RIGHT side of the face should be their face as if being viewed straight ahead. The LEFT side of the face should be viewed as a profile with nose being shown as a “side view”. The expressions can be different expressions for each face if desired. Erase any pencil lines that look like they don’t belong on the portrait. Color each shape on both sides of the portrait different colors, so that even though the face is connected, if you look closely you can see that there are two different views shown.Outline each shape on the portrait in black magic marker, if desired, to separate shapes. If the child wants to be further challenged, they can create their own designs and/or patterns on one side of the face, making it even more distinguished from the alternate view.
  3. DON’T FORGET TO PUT STUDENT NAME AND YEAR ON THE DRAWING, at least one inch away from outside border.

Required Materials

  • 01Display My Art drawing paper, pencil.
  • 02Brightly colored magic markers.
  • 03Samples of Picasso’s portraits including “Portrait of Dora Maar”.
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