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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Kids Picasso Style Portrait Art (Kids Get Arty)

It's time for another Kids Get Arty. I really enjoy our art explorations with famous artists. So far we have explored Romare Bearden, Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh.

Today, I am excited to share our artistic exploration of Pablo Picasso. Wanting this to be fun and kid friendly, I chose to focus on his more abstract art and had the Lil Divas make self portraits.

The Lil Divas began with a simple pencil sketch of their portraits.

Here's a breakdown of what they did:
1. Make a large circle (face).
2. Cut the face in half with a line down the middle that turns it into 2 faces.
3. Add eyes and a mouth (or two).
4. Add hair and any other features as desired (neck area).

Then, they traced the sketch in black permanent marker and began coloring with oil pastels.

They decided to get creative with their coloring, using bold, vivid colors and lots of them.

The finished products were wonderful.

The portraits are bright, bold and unique -

much like the Lil Divas themselves.

I think Picasso would be proud.
I know I am.

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Kids Get Arty is a bi-monthly link up which is meant to encourage exploration of the great artists! It is brought to you by  Red Ted ArtImagination SoupImagination Tree, Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas & Tinkerlab  

Now it's your turn - share your recent exploration of a great artist with us.
I can't wait to see what you've done.


  1. Awesome! They really did turn out well. I like how they mimic Picasso suggesting more than one viewing angle. Good job, Divas!

    1. Thank you Susan - we did try to bring in that viewing angle element of his actual work while still putting their own spin on it. They are so colorful and fun.

  2. You know I think I prefer these to the real thing. Love the bright colours too - I think that really helps with the strong lines.

    1. thank you Erica - we were quite happy with the finished products. I love the vibrant colors too.

  3. Wow, Bern, I LOVE your project. Your girls did a wonderful job and looks like they really enjoyed it. Fantastic. As always great to have you co hosting!!

    Thanks for joining in with Kids Get Arty!


  4. We did this today to wrap up our lessons with complementary colors and self-portraits. My littles loved this! Thank you!

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