Picasso Inspired Collages

This week we focused on some of Picasso’s

Guitar & Violin and Violin paintings

Picasso's Violin

Picasso played with his art.

He certainly enjoyed exploring guitars and violins.

He took the well-known shapes and broke them up into angles and pieces – almost like shards of glass!   This style is known as cubism.

We played with images of violins and guitars and make our own Picasso inspired collages.

A violin and guitar collage art lesson

  1. We looked at his art works and discussed cubism and the features of his violin and guitar art works.
  2. I printed out several Google images of piano keys, music notes, guitars and violinsFree download of the lesson and images ~ Music instruments for Picasso collage)
  3. We drew several long lines at different angles intersecting each other across a blank paper.
  4. We placed that paper over the printouts and cut through the whole lot on those lines and we ended up with a stack of angled pieces.
  5. We took a huge blank page and drew a frame around it.
  6. We used the piano keys and music note shards and scattered them around the page and then glued down for our background.
  7. Now the creative part – we drew music lines from the shards and extended them with marker pens in cubist shapes over or under other pieces paper.  We did the same with the piano keys until the page is “full”.
  8. Add the guitar and violin pieces randomly around the center of the page.
  9. Use markers with the same color-tones and create cubist shapes that fill in more of the spaces until the work “feels” done.P1130060


The process was unexpectedly creative.  I got ‘lost’ creating the background with the images pasted on the page – great right-brain activity!  There was no pressure to make the picture “look right”. The whole process was fairly quick – about 1 hour.

Art Picasso

And the finished project was really lovely! What was even more amazing, the University of Arizona requesting permission to use Miss.L10’s collage for their Sacred & Profane Arizona Choir & Symphonic Choir concert posters and programs.

Give it a try!  Share your Picasso collage experiences with us in the comments.


Picasso’s Portraits

This year we started our study of Famous Artists



one of the world’s most famous artists – everPablo Picasso 1962

May I tell you how my kid felt about his art?

Well – my kids went, “Blech!”

They HATED his style.

It completely offended them.

“It is ugly.”

“It is stupid.”

“It doesn’t even look like art!”

“Some pictures are rude.”

Art is so subjective, so emotional, so personal.

We talked about his works as we browsed through the library books.

To let my kids know that I heard them, I simply repeated what they said –

“You don’t think this picture is pretty” or

“Those squirmy shapes instead of real body shapes look gross to you”

… not mocking them …  just telling them what I hear them say.

We keep the discussion neutral this way.

They are entitled to their own opinions, and Picasso wanted an emotional response!

As I explained what Picasso was doing in his art,

they started to see the positives!Dora Maar au Chat, 1941




We did a quick cubist type collage with portraits.

Simple Picasso portrait lesson

  1. tear out faces from magazines – profiles and full front  (Picasso often combined these in his portraits)
  2. cut out parts of faces
  3. paste hair and skin on the page
  4. add features such as nose, eyes, lips, chin, eyebrows
  5. finish the picture with design, patterns, coloured pieces of paper

Were my kids happy with their portraits?


Did they understand what Picasso did?


Did they have a personal encounter with his art?


Successful art appreciation lesson.

How have your kids responded to Picasso’s portraits?  Share with us in the comments.