Pablo Picasso

“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”

Picasso’s Life

– grew up in Spain and later studied in France
– was a fully trained painter by age 19
– lived in poverty in Paris, painting over 200 works of art
– painted until the day he died when he was 92
– most famous painter of the 1900s

– painted in other styles before starting the Cubist stage
– ‘Blue’ stage: primarily blue paints that showed loneliness and despair (1901-1904)
– ‘Rose’ stage: warmer colours and moods showing clowns and circus performers (1904-1906)

think of a mood or emotion; pick colours that would express that mood; create a picture using only those colours

Next, Picasso invented the collage technique.
He stuck things onto paintings: newspaper clippings, buttons, cloth, string, labels.

Look at the picture books of Ezra Jack Keats, Eric Carle, Rachel Isadora, Leo Lionni and Alice Schertle.

Make your own picture using cut out paper, photos, paint, pastels or crayons. Glue objects to create your picture.


What – a new style of art that greatly affected artists, musicans and writers
When – early 20th century
Where – started in Paris and expanded throughout Europe and the world
Who – Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque
How – objects are analyzed, broken up and reassembled to show more than one point of view
Why – inspired by how Paul Cezanne showed three dimensions in his later paintings and by artwork from Africa

Picasso, Braque, Gris and Leger started Cubism in 1908.
Not every shape in their paintings is a cube.
The word stands for breaking up objects into many pieces and putting them back together in unusual ways.


Create your own Cubist portrait.
1. Make a sketch, including more than one angle of a face.
2. Decide on the focal point.
3. Decide what colours to use.
4. Get paper.
5. Draw with white pastel.
6. Fill in with colour.
7. Go to the next area: fill with colour.
8. Continue until you have completed the face.

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