Do You Want to Meet Budding Picasso’s?

Do You Want to Meet Budding Picasso’s?

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

Pablo Picasso

Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso was a prolific draftsman, sculptor, and printmaker, and he revolutionized the 20th century with his extraordinary art.

Today, I’d like to introduce 21st century budding artists—nine-year-old, Grace and eight-year-old, Gannon.

Grace and Gannon said, “We are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited to be the featured artist’s on your blog.”

This sister and brother act, with help from Mom Molly, submitted Picasso self-portraits.

Grace's Picasso

Grace’s Picasso

Gannon's Picasso

Gannon’s Picasso

I hope you’re clapping. I know I am. Yay!

Wait! There’s more.

Do you want to create your own self-portrait?


First, you’ll need construction paper, crayons, and a Sharpie marker. Then, if you follow Grace and Gannon’s instructions below, you’ll be a budding Picasso too!

Take it away kids:

1. Draw a BIG “U”.

2. You draw a line through it, but you have to a draw a nose shape in the line.

3. Draw eyes.

4. Connect the top points of the U to make whatever kind of hair that you want.

5. Put a design on each side.

6. Draw a mouth.

7. Draw a neck and shoulders.

8. Color the background.

9. Add jewelry and other preferable’s.

10. Sign your artist name.

By the way, Grace and Gannon’s grandmother is Marylin Warner who blogs over at Things I Want To Tell My Mother.

Grace and Gannon, I was SOOOOOOOOOOOO thrilled to have you on my blog. Your Picasso self-portraits are super-duper! 🙂

I’ve also added your portraits to my Mindful Masterpiece Gallery. Don’t forget to tell your friends.

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46 Responses

  1. Thanks for doing this, Tracy. Grace and Gannon had such fun.

    p.s. When your art teacher was so disparaging, I’m glad you patted your own back with her yardstick. I just wish her comments hadn’t made you put art on the back shelf for all those years.
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    • Hi Vivian, I’m happy to do it. And I have to also give Grace and Gannon, or perhaps Mom Molly, credit for Picasso’s quote. And when I read it, I realized it does apply to writing.

  2. Tracy,

    I can’t begin to tell you how special this was to Grace and Gannon to see…and then all the wonderful comments from your readers! WOW!!!! I am not sure that I will ever be able to get them to NOT DO ART (even at bedtime, etc.)!!!

    Thank you again….what a gift you have given Grace and Gannon!

    Much appreciated!


    • Hi Molly,
      I am the one who has been blessed. And I’m over the moon that Grace and Gannon have been encouraged.
      And if they want to submit more artwork, I would love that.
      Hi Grace and Gannon, thank you again for submitting your awesome self-portraits! 🙂

  3. What a great job Grace & Gannon did on these pieces! I’m proud of them! Tracy – thanks for offering this opportunity for budding artists to get this feedback!

    • Hi Jody,
      Now that would just be the very best thing that could ever happen. Maybe that’s my purpose–to support and encourage all kids. 🙂

    • That would be super, Laura. I’d love to see your daughter’s finished creation. If she’s willing to share of course. That would certainly encourage Grace and Gannon too, knowing they inspired other kids. 🙂

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  5. I bet Marylin’s grandkids were very excited to see their masterpieces online! What a fun art project.
    I love the Picasso quote about learning the rules and breaking them. There are tons of rules in photography too and often I won’t stick to them because it’s not always the best way to compose a photo. The rules are one thing, but finding the best angle to photograph something or someone takes more than rules.
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    • Yes, Grace and Gannon were very pleased and that makes me very, very happy!
      I agree rules are meant to be broken, but that’s after we know what they are. LOL 🙂

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