Picasso Pop Can Portraits: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: Middle School Art Education Lesson Plan

Art Elements: Line and Shape

Art Skills: Sculpture, Drawing

Art History: Picasso

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This unique project is a lot like middle schoolers themselves- wild, fun and unexpected! Not only are students excited to bring an empty can of their favorite soda, but they love to crush the cans into abstract face shapes. This engaging lesson easily brings together multiple facets of art making: portrait drawing, abstraction, recycled materials, perspective, pattern, and emphasis. It’s a jam-packed activity your students are sure to love!

Looking for more fun ways to bring engaging art history ideas into your classroom? Be sure to check out the following AOE resources!

  • Integrating Art History
    This course will allow you to plan new lessons inspired by timely and inspiring resources such as museum websites, blogs, and social media.
  • Art History in the Elementary Art Room
    In this Learning Pack, you’ll learn how to choose the perfect artists, themes, and projects to infuse art history into your curriculum
  • Art History in the Secondary Art Room
    In this Learning Pack, you’ll explore a wide variety of instructional strategies that help engage students with themes presented throughout art history.

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