Greatest Artist Vol. 1: Picasso Study

Welcome to our World’s Greatest Artist study on Picasso!



Pablo Picasso was born in Spain on October 25, 1881. He is one of the world’s best known painters and helped to create a new style of art known as cubism. His father was also a painter as well as an art professor. When Pablo was only 13 years old his father convinced the School of Fine Arts to let Pablo take an entrance exam. He did very well and was soon admitted into the school. During his career he became an important influence on the world of art. His artwork can be found in museums all over the world. The Picasso Museum in Barcelona Spain claims to have the largest collection of his art.

This year for art, we are going to study 8 different world famous artists. We have chosen to do art twice a week, and we’ll cover one artist each month. We’re currently using my World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 curriculum!


We took a few lessons to read through the Pablo Picasso World’s Greatest Artist series by Mike Venezia.



We talked about all the different styles that Picasso was known for, and took lots of time to familiarize ourselves with and critically assess his works of art.



As we learn how to critically assess a piece of artwork, here are some of the things we discussed for each painting:

  • Describe what we see in this work of art.
  • How do they think the artist was feeling when they created it? Why?
  • How it makes your student feel looking at it?
  • Does the use of color help convey mood?
  • Is there something unusual or unique about the piece of art?
  • What is going on in the work, is there a story that can be told about it? (Each of them had a few minutes to share their version of what they thought was going on in the story with us.)
  • What kind of style and medium did the artist use in this work?
  • Overall do you like the painting, if so yes, why? If no why not?


Later in the lesson we took a shot at imitating one of Picasso’s paintings. The kids chose “Boy with Sailor Suit and Butterfly Net” (1938).

I set up the table with the painting displayed so they could see it for reference.



We talked about how even though we were imitating Picasso, our paintings would be different because we are all made unique by God.



Here is what Tinkerbell came up with, she actually didn’t like the painting they chose, so this is her rendition of “Girl Before a Mirror”.



Strawberry shortcake did a great job at copying Picasso’s style here, she ran out of room at the top, so she didn’t have enough room for his hat.



Next we filled in our Pablo Picasso mini-book and added it to our World’s Greatest Artists Lap Book. I thought it would be easier to make one Lap Book for the whole family this time, although the kids were asking to make their own, so I may have to change that.



Strawberry Shortcake filled in most of the information and Turbo and Tinkerbell cut out the paintings and helped with the answers before adding the completed book to our Lap Book.




We also filled in our Picasso Artist Flash Card. Once filled out, I’ll laminate it and then we’ll store it in our Lap Book as well.



Next we worked on our Picasso Puzzle. I used my Xyron 900 along with Magnetic Laminate to make it into a magnetic puzzle. Everyone had a turn with the puzzle. The pieces will be stored in our Lap Book in the Picasso Puzzle pocket.



To end up our study on Picasso, the kids were all able to choose their favorite style of Picasso’s and then create their own unique image using that style or technique.

Turbo decided on the “Blue Period” and actually did his own version of “The Old Guitarist”



I’m not sure exactly which style the Teeny Tot was going for here, but she definitely had a great time. She went through several sheets of paper. She seems conflicted though, her painting is quite dark and dreary, while her face has a lovely smile on it…darn artists, you can never tell with them.



Strawberry Shortcake went for the more colorful years, she said it was “The Rose Period”.



Tinkerbell did a self portrait:


with a slight hint of cubism…



And that wrapped up our month on Picasso! I think the study went great, and we look forward to moving on to the works of Vincent Van Gogh next month!

Click here to get The World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 




  1. What a wonderful study! Your teaching style is amazing. Your kids clearly enjoy it. I have tried this year to work in more hands on things. Next year, I think it will be even more.!

  2. LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing. As always, you open me up to new and fresh ideas! You rock 🙂
    Carlie K. from

  3. WONDERFUL! We just finished Monet. We plan on doing Picasso in the Spring.

  4. It looks like your 1st month went fantastic! Thank you SO very much for sharing this study. We are starting this week! My boys are excited about it and so am I. Thank you for being such a blessing to our homeschool.

  5. Love it! Would you mind sharing how you plan your week. It seems like you get so much done in the week and I love that! I am finding it hard to fit in all we want to do. Thank you!

    • Hi Jen,
      Well, it can change as we go, but typically I do core subjects daily, then science, art, and writing twice a week.
      It depends on what we have scheduled for the year too though. That’s why we’re only doing art twice a week!

  6. Wonderful Idea. We are getting ready to do that with our composers. This is super for art. I may have to join you. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Thanks for sharing!

  8. We are working through Picasso as well! I love it!! And more importantly, the kids LOVE IT!! They ask every day if we are going to study art 🙂 Thanks so much.

  9. We just finished up Picasso and my girls loved it! I was really impressed with how much my 3 and 4 year old got into it. My 8 year old is loving it as well. Thank you so much for putting this together!

  10. Hi Erica,

    I have tried down loading this several times today and keep getting a blank screen. I have tried several computers in the house with the same results. What am I doing wrong?

    • Hi Denice, some browsers won’t open the document for some reason. Try to RIGHT CLICK on the download link then select “SAVE LINK AS” then you should be prompted to save the file to your hard drive.

  11. hi there! i subscribe and so got this post by em–and promptly filed it in my homeschool folder to save. YOU ARE AWESOME!! i love how you worked this lesson over the course of a month. so much repeated exposure and interactive opportunities are sure to have made a deep impression on your kids. well done! and thanks for so generously sharing and documenting your journey. you are a tremendous blessing to us!

  12. We were just going to start our artist study on picasso and I have the picture book ready to go! Thanks for all the ideas and resources. They are fantastic!

  13. We were just talking about your art studies this morning with other homeschool moms. This looks like a great study! We have that book too so I am off to check out your plans! Thanks!

  14. This looks wonderful! Thank you for the download.

  15. Los niños han hecho pinturas hermozas!!

    Muchas felicidades para ellos y para ti por proponerles tan linda actividad!!


  16. What a great idea! And it reminded me that I need to start saving my egg cartons, they certainly make great paint pallets 🙂

  17. Love this!

    What type of boards is the painting paper taped to? And where did you get them?


    • Hi Christina,
      The paper is taped to the back of a small chalk board. I think I got them from Office Depot or somewhere like that. They’re just masonite chalk boards, very thin.

  18. What a wonderful study!! Thank you so much for sharing and making this available to us.

  19. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful ideas! We just finished with Picasso and the kids loved it. Looking forward to moving on to Van Gogh.

    Can you give some direction on how the lapbook for this study goes together? It looks like 3 folders, but I just wondered how best to make it all fit –


  20. Hi Erica! I just wanted to share our Picasso artist study with you! My daughter had so much fun with it, and I am so grateful that you put it together and shared it with all of us! Thank you!

  21. I love the way you did such a comprehensive lesson. And the opportunity for each child to have a go at a Picasso. Definitely a must and his lines and angles actually make it fairly easy for them to create something geometric.

  22. Erica,

    I want you to know how pleased I am with this art curriculum you’ve shared. It’s such a joy for me to hear my boys (8 and 5) tell their father about the Blue Period, Rose Period and Cubism…and why Picasso changed his style. It’s been going SO well and I’m super thrilled to see you’ve created a Vol. 2 as well! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

    Can you please share which type of paper you use for your kids paintings. The paper we used curled when dried. I thought I’d ask you before heading to the craft store.

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