Picasso's Symphony

Exploring Emotion & Cubism in Art

Lesson 3


Learning Activity 1

As a significant influence on 20th-century art, Pablo Picasso was an innovative artist who experimented and innovated during his 92-plus years on earth. He was not only a master painter but also a sculptor, printmaker, ceramics artist, etching artist and writer. His work matured from the naturalism of his childhood through Cubism, Surrealism and beyond, shaping the direction of modern and contemporary art through the decades. Watch the video below to see genius in action. 






"It took me 4 years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."

- Pablo Picasso -







- Picasso's first word was "piz," which is short of lápiz the Spanish word for 'pencil.' His father Ruiz, an artist and art professor, gave him a formal education in art starting from the age of 7. By 13, Ruiz vowed to give up painting as he felt that Pablo had surpassed him.

At the tender young age of 9, Picasso completed his first painting: Le Picador, a man riding a horse in a bullfight.

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Did You Know?

Share Your Learning 

Do you agree that Pablo Picasso was a genius?

What makes you say that?

Share your thoughts with a partner.

Learning Activity 2

Look at this artwork by Pablo Picasso. Let's use See / Think / Wonder to talk about this painting.


What do you see?

What do you think is going on?

What does it make you wonder?

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Based on your class discussion, can you guess the title of this artwork?

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Art Challenge

Picasso often used musical instruments as his subject matter in his paintings. Look at the instruments below. Can you name them?


Study the shapes and lines of the different instruments. 

Then, select 3 different instruments to draw.