Pablo Picasso Cookies
from the Crafts and Cookies Index
Students will learn about Spanish modern artist Pablo Picasso by being introduced to his art, and then by creating their own masterpiece after his work. This free lesson plan is designed to fulfill the National Standards for Art Education: Grades K-4/Standard 3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas; and Grades 5-8/Standard 2: Using knowledge of structures and functions.
4" Sugar Cookies
Popsicle Sticks or Paint Brushes
Icing Bag (or sandwich bag with corner cut)
Cookie Design Worksheet
Show the students a color plate of Three Musicians (1905). Ask students, "Who remembers the name of the artist that created this art masterpiece?" (Pablo Picasso)
Show students color plates of 2 similar paintings: Woman with a Hat and Harlequin (1915). Ask students, "Who can tell me what is the same about all three artworks?" (Angular, solid colors, distorted features)
Tell students "Our project will be to create your own art masterpiece following these examples of Picasso's art on a cookie."
Tell students, "On your table you will find an Art Masterpiece Cookie Design Worksheet with three large circles and several crayons. Our first step is to draw a design for your cookie on this worksheet. Your design should use elements that we have seen in Picasso's art."
Provide each student with a sugar cookie, a popsicle stick or clean paint brush, and access to the premixed colors of frosting.
Tell students, "You may begin to paint your Picasso cookie."
Quiz students about Pablo Picasso as they paint.
1) Where was Picasso born? (Spain)
2) What era was he from? (Modern Era)
3) What art movement did Picasso start along with George Braque? (Cubism)
4) What is similar about the three cubist works that I showed you? (Angular, solid colors, distorted features)
Students may enjoy learning about Pablo Picasso by printing a Picasso Cookie Worksheet, and recreating the cookie featured in this lesson.