Picasso Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about the life and work of artist Pablo Picasso with this lesson plan. A text lesson provides a biography of his life and guides them in analyzing his work. Students then apply understanding actively.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a biography of Picasso
  • analyze Picasso's art


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Blue Period
  • Cubism Period

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.1

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Hang images of work by Picasso around your room before students arrive.
  • Start the lesson by having students do a gallery walk around the room to look at the artwork.
  • Ask students to choose their favorite piece, or assign a piece to students so they're equally distributed.
  • Instruct students to discuss:
    • What do you notice about the artwork?
    • What type of work do you think this is?
    • What do you notice about colors, content, and lines?

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