3.5 2020

Create like Pablo Picasso

Paint portraits using only circles, rectangles, and squares like Pablo Picasso! Watch the video “Create like Pablo Picasso” where educator Pernilla Stalfelt talks about how brave he was and how he liked to experiment. And she thinks you should be brave too! Sharpen your pencils and mix your paints – that is all you need to be a Cubist artist.

You need

  • A mirror
  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Colours that you can mix to make different hues
  • Brushes and water

How to do it

  1. Create a self-portrait (use a mirror!) or draw someone else by sketching geometric shapes: triangles, rectangles, and squares.
  2.  Mix paints to create a grey colour. Try making different grey hues.
  3. Paint your sketch.
  4. Add your signature just like Picasso!

Have fun and feel free to share your creations on social media. Tag us @ModernaMuseet and use #VerkstanModernaMuseet.

You can find the video on Moderna Museet’s YouTube channel

Don’t have everything you need at home? In our Shop you can find paints, pens, paintbrushes, paper – most of what you need to create on your own!

Pablo Picasso experimented when creating art

  • Pablo Picasso was born in the town Malaga in Andalucia, Spain (1881 -1973). He was taught painting and drawing from a young age by his father who was a drawing tutor and art professor.
  • He attended art school in Spain and when he was 23 he moved to Paris in France. He met lots of new artist friends and one of them was called Georges Braque. Pablo and George became best friends. They met every night and looked at each other’s pictures.
  • Together they developed an experiment called “Cubism”. The experiment was to split up a subject matter into smaller parts – the basic geometric shapes. Triangles, rectangles, squares, and circles. They unfolded the subject so that it became flat on the canvas. This made the shapes very clear, almost like you could touch them.
  • Both Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque used as few colours as possible. Mostly grey, black, beige, and white. The paintings were still beautiful and exciting to look at. In this painting, Pablo Picasso has painted his wife Jacqueline Roque.
Tête de femme (Woman’s Head)
Pablo Picasso, Tête de femme (Woman’s Head), 1957 © Succession Picasso / Bildupphovsrätt 2017

Pablo Picasso was only 15 when he painted a self-portrait that looked almost like a photograph. Today he is one of the most famous artists in the world. In Moderna Museet’s collection, there are over one hundred artworks by him, and in the museum’s garden, there is a huge sculpture that he created the sketch for.

When the museum is open again you are welcome to come and look at works by Picasso!

Create like an artist – from home!

Come along one of the museum’s educators and get inspired by artists and artworks at Moderna Museet. We will create artworks from things we might already have at home. There is no right or wrong, ugly or beautiful when you are creating. But there is one rule – there are no rules.

Welcome to the Workshop!

In the museum’s YouTube series “Create like an artist” you will receive tips on how you can create your own artworks at home inspired by artists in Moderna Museet’s collection. New episodes are released every Sunday. The episodes are approximately 3–5 min long and are aimed at children between 4 and 9 years old.

Feel free to share your creations on social media. Tag us @ModernaMuseet and use #VerkstanModernaMuseet.

Moderna Museet’s YouTube channel

Published 3 May 2020 · Updated 28 October 2020