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A Simple Art Activity to “Bring out the Picasso” in Your Students

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Image of Picasso art project for elementary students In celebration of Pablo Picasso’s birthday anniversary on October 25, this post features a free Picasso-inspired art lesson – that can be used anytime of the year. Plus, the simple collage activity also works for students and teachers who may not be artistically inclined!

Download this free Picasso Musician Collage activity from Evan-Moor’s How to Teach Art to Children (grades 1–6).

This lesson introduces students to Pablo Picasso and his painting Three Musicians. Students re-create the feel of cubes in art by creating a collage of a musician from paper scraps using the art elements of color and texture. The activity includes everything you need to get started: directions, biography, materials list, and illustrations.

Other helpful information:

  • This Picasso site provides an image of Picasso’s Three Musicians, a biography, and quotes.
  • This Pinterest board provides more Picasso-inspired art ideas for elementary school.

Teacher-recommended books to read: Image of Picasso's Three Musicians painting

Picasso (Famous Artists), by Antony Mason

Picasso: Breaking the Rules of Art, by David Spence

Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail, by Laurence Anholt

Picasso’s Trousers, by Nicholas Allan

When Pigasso Met Mootisse, by Nina Laden

Who Was Pablo Picasso? by True Kelly


Image of Theresa WoolerTheresa Wooler has more than 10 years’ experience in K–6 classrooms as a parent volunteer and homeschool educator, has taught high school English, and is currently involved in education through Evan-Moor’s marketing communications team.

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