Pablo Picasso Elementary Art Lesson Pre-K to 6th Grade


Josey’s Art School


Studying Art with the Masters


Robin Norgren, M.A.

This Lesson: Pablo Picasso: Cubism inspired Dogs 



“Dog and Rooster (Cock)”




·        Even as a child, Picasso was better at drawing than many adults. He could draw and paint just about anything, and in any style. He liked to experiment and try out new ideas.

·        Cubism is when the artist paints an object, like a bottle, from lots of different angles all in the same picture. So, you see the front, the back and the sides of the bottle at the same time. In a way, it’s a bit like having x-ray eyes!  Picasso loved to paint in this style.

·        Picasso helped us see the world in new ways.  He painted in many ways called “stages:” The Blue Period and the Rose Period came first (when he used lots of blue and pink to make paintings). These were followed by primitivism, cubism, classicism (when he created more traditional or classic artworks), surrealism, wartime and Late Works.



Materials needed

Pencil (to write the child’s name on the back of the work)

12x12 scrapbook paper (you can also use scraps of scrapbook paper)

6x9 piece of blue or black construction paper

White tempura paint

Paintbrushes and water bowls

White and black crayons



Baby wipes



Length of Time/Duration of project:

30 minutes

Prep work:

-      Stencils of shapes of circles and triangles as options for tracing eyes and ears

This should take no more than about 15 minutes



You have a few options for how you want to proceed with developing the main thrust of the project.  I work with 3-5 year olds in a Montessori setting.  This means that you are met with a gamut of skill levels.  Some children will have no problem handling more of the details of this project which means less time needed to prep and more of the experience for the way the artistic process works is offered to the child.  I have attempted to give you two ends of the spectrum but please feel free to modify as needed.

1.Take your piece of white paper that you are using as the base for the project and write the child’s name on the back of the paper or let them write their names on their own.