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.