Express Yourself!

Making a self-portrait is an important form of self-expression and  children love the silliness of Picasso’s abstract art. There are many ways to accomplish this project, you can have your child cut up magazines and collage them, you could print a picture of your child and have them cut it up and glue it onto the paper, or you can have the children paint their faces themselves! The opportunities are endless! Have fun and get silly with this project!


  • Paper
  • Magazines
  • Photos
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Age-appropriate Adaptations:

  • Two-year-olds—Pre-print and cut up a picture of your child, you can even add in some colored shapes for fun! Talk to your child about abstract tart and what that means.
  • Three-year-olds—Talk to your child about who Pablo Picasso is and what his art meant to the world. Have your child draw themselves then cut the drawing up to re glue in a silly way to her paper! Have your child describe the picture they drew of themselves.
  • Four-/Five-year-olds—Watch a short video clip about Picasso with your child and talk about how his at made you feel. Have your child attempt to paint an abstract version of himself while looking in a mirror. Ask your child how they felt when they were painting themselves.

Skills Supported: Observe famous art and artists, create art as a response.  Vocabulary building, identify feelings in self and others.