Coloring with Emotion – Picasso Inspired Craft

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We read a book about Picasso (Who is Picasso) and one thing really stuck with the boys – Picasso’s blue period.  Baloo in particular thought it was interesting how Picasso used blue to signify his sadness and depression.  I wanted to show them that many colors spark emotion in us and that by using one color, we can evoke emotion easily in a painting.


We started with a simple “self-portrait” kind of activity.  I followed the instructions here at Art Projects for Kids.


Then trace with a black crayon or marker.  Anything to make the lines stand out.


Choose what emotion you want to evoke and pick the color that best matches that emotion.  Anger – red.  Happy – yellow or yellow/orange.  Blue – sadness.  Use your imagination!  Do your best to use only shades of that one color!

Baloo wanted to do green, so we went with envy!


We decided to use a LOT of green so we split up our bigger areas into even smaller areas.


We decided to cover the outside of the face as well.   I feel like the extra color really helps the emotion come out.  I think tinkering with contrasting colors would be interesting too!


And that’s how you color with emotion – just like Picasso!!

Coloring with Emotion - a picasso inspired craft

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