Monday, March 12, 2012

Abstract Portraits

As a spin off from our large collaborative mural paintings, 3rd grade students created abstract portraits inspired by Pablo Picasso, specifically his cubist paintings.  We discussed the differences between realistic and abstract portraits while noting the parts of an eye, nose, and mouth that tell our brains we are looking at a face (pupil, iris, nostril, lips, etc). Using a sketching guild we drew four portrait sketches before picking our favorite for the final painting. Once black lines were painted, students filled in shapes with pre-mixed colors. Once dry, each portrait was given fine details and additions using oil pastels. In total, this was around a 4 day project.


  1. Love these. And I love the idea of having them draw 4 sketches first and then deciding which one to use for the project!

  2. These are really wonderful! GREAT stuff. You wrote me about trading. Congrates on the job!!! How exciting. Please email me and I will send you an invite to my google doc. This will allow you to sign up for the month that works best for you! Thanks Katie, and GOOD LUCK!!!