Picasso Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Do your students understand the influence that Pablo Picasso had on art? With this lesson plan, you'll find a text lesson that highlights key points about his life and work, an activity that gives students a chance to replicate one of his works, and a quiz that helps to reinforce the content.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify several works by Pablo Picasso
  • outline Picasso's life and career
  • create a work of art modeled after one of Picasso's pieces


1 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.


Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.


  • Images of assorted works of Pablo Picasso
  • Photocopies of this lesson's quiz
  • Drawing paper
  • Charcoals


  • Display the examples of Picasso's work for the class.
  • Have students review each piece for a few moments. What commonalities can they identify among the pieces? Can they identify the artist/s? Discuss these ideas briefly as a class.
  • Instruct students to read the introduction, 'Who Is Pablo Picasso?,' 'Artistic Beginnings,' and 'Artistic Periods' sections of the text lesson Pablo Picasso: Facts, Artwork & Famous Paintings.
  • Compare and contrast the information presented in the lesson to the elements that students noticed about the pieces.
  • Once again, have the class review the examples of Picasso's work. Can they place it in any of the periods of his career marked in the lesson? Why or why not? Discuss their ideas as a class before moving on.
  • Have the class read the rest of the text lesson now.
  • Pass out the quiz (one per student) and have them work independently to complete it.
  • Review each quiz question with the class and have students self-check and correct, if necessary, their answers.

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