Picasso's Symphony

Exploring Emotion & Cubism in Art

Lesson 1


Learning Activity 1

Let's look at this artwork using See/ Think/ Wonder.



What do you see?


What do you think is going on?


What does it make you wonder?

What other materials can he use?

Weeping Woman (1937)

Pablo Picasso

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Did You Know?

The Weeping Woman is an iconic oil painting created by Pablo Picasso. Some believed that Picasso painted this after his break-up with his parnter, Dora Maar.  Others believed that Weeping Woman is created to depict the suffering and grief of the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). 

Picasso was an inventive artist, he didn't want to make paintings in the usual way as the others did. Instead of following tradition to depict things as they appeared to the eyes from one angle, he portrayed things from multiple viewpoints in one picture. The result is like the painting or the object had been cut up and then put back in random order. 


He make use of his skill for geometric shapes and design in the painting.

This famous style of painting is known as Cubism.

Learning Activity 2

Let's find out more about Cubism.

In the early 1900s, some artists became interested in African and Native American art. The styles of those cultures inspired cubism.

Cubism began in France in 1907. Pablo Picasso and George Braque began painting figures that were made up of cubes, spheres, cylinders, cones, and other geometric shapes. The paintings looked like someone had cut them up and glued them back together. And that’s exactly what the cubists had in mind Cubists wanted to show all the sides of an object in the same picture.

Let's watch a video to find out more.


Art Challenge

Let's make a cubist face inspired by Picasso.

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1. Draw 4-5 lines to divide your papers into different parts.


2. Write down a 7-digit number (using no.1-6 only).

     E.g. 2334513  (You could also use a dice to decide)

3. Refer to the poster below to add in the different elements to different      parts of your drawing. (According to the digits you have chosen)

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4. After you are done, you may add in other elements such as hairstyle,      accessories etc.


Be creative, have fun! Don't worry too much about the end result.


5. Complete the drawing by adding some colours!