Pablo Picasso
"Woman in an armchair"

With the teaching unit “Picasso: Woman in an armchair” collage technique, we would like to make the cubistic painting of Picasso more real to you by using the methods of collage.

Further material for this article.

Pablo Picasso - "Woman in an armchair"

The new material pack “Picasso: Woman in an armchair” for the art lesson

Artistical painting with the paint box K12

In this issue of Pelikan K12 – the original, we would like to present you an exclusive recommendation for your next lesson, working with the Pelikan paint box. Our focus of interest is the work of the artist Pablo Picasso.

student’s work

Course of the teaching unit "Picasso: Woman in an armchair"

With the teaching unit “Picasso: Woman in an armchair” collage technique, we would like to make the cubistic painting of Picasso more real to you by using the methods of collage. Unlike Picasso, we aren’t going to paint from different angles on one page, but capture a portrait on our sketch block by cutting it out and gluing it in pieces. By the way, the collage technique also was invented by Picasso. This way he added real objects to unreal images and with this he connected both worlds with each other.

In order to make the start into this abstract teaching unit easier for the students, the teacher starts with the painting of the woman as a raster image. The parts of the raster are supposed to help the teacher visualize the task ahead of him better. After getting in to the topic, a possibility is to offer the students the opportunity to design the picture in their own way. This usually brings up the best results. Help should always be given when needed. In the further course of the teaching unit the raster pieces can be used as a way of differentiation.

  1. Download the material pack "Pablo Picasso – Woman in and armchair" from the internet.
  2. Print out the original picture and the raster pieces of the woman on a thick sheet of paper or a piece of cardboard.
  3. Present the original image and the raster pieces of the woman to your students by using a nonverbal impulse: sit together in a circle and lay the pieces in the middle.

  1. Pictures from the download template of the teaching unit “Picasso”

  2. Let the students rearrange or trade single images of the raster template

    Changed raster template by rearranging the single images

  3. Talk to your students about the created “pictures”. Let more students rearrange the raster images. The following thoughts could be useful for your further task:
    1. How do the opinions differ? (starting from the sitting circle)
    2. What is observable?
    3. Is it a secret image?
    4. Can everybody “decrypt” the picture?
    5. Who will be able to decipher their own picture?
    6. What connections do the colors have?
    7. What connections do the shapes have?
    8. Is the original image still observable?
    9. What effect do the mixed up pictures have?
    10. What could the name of the title be?
    11. Discuss the different titles with the students.
  4. After the discussion, let the students create a portrait with the Pelikan paint box, perhaps one of the student sitting next to him.
  5. After the paint is dry the students can present their picture in small groups.
  6. Now the pictures are divided in rasters. You can either fold the picture or draw the lines of the raster with a pencil and ruler on the picture. Then cut along the folding or drawing lines.
  7. By dividing the picture in a raster all pictures are cut in small pieces.
  8. Now glue the single raster pieces on a white sheet of paper, e. g. with a glue stick from Pelifix. It has the advantage that the glue doesn’t shine through and ruin the picture.
  9. When finished, every student can find a title for their picture.

Tip: It’s always important to give clear instructions! So choose “your” course and combine the materials as you like.

Course overview
You can also print out an overview of the upcoming tasks for your students and pin it on the wall for the students to read:

After the students have gotten to understand the principle of taking apart and putting together again, they can begin with the second step, painting the portrait.

Examples for dividing up the page
If your students have difficulties in developing an own raster for their picture, you can help them with our worked out example rasters. Hereby the page can be divided in 9 boxes or 25. It is also imaginable to divide the portrait in circles or triangles. We have collected some examples for you:

Students’ works as demonstration material

Here we would like to show you some works made by students, which can also be used as demonstration material for class.


portraits and rearranged students' works

portraits and rearranged students' works

Newly designed students' works with rearranged patterns

About Pablo Picasso

  • 1881 Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga as Pablo Ruiz y Picasso.
  • 1896 At the age of 15 Picasso visits the School of Arts in Barcelona.
  • 1897 Picasso studies at the Academia San Fernando in Madrid. The work “The blue room” initiates the blue phase of Picasso, which lasts until 1904. The pictures in this phase are predominantly painted in shades of blue.
  • 1904 Picasso moves to Paris.
  • 1907 Picasso creates the key work of cubism “Les Demoiselle d’Avignon”.
  • 1918 Pablo Picasso marries Olga and has one child with her.
  • 1927 Marie-Therese Walter becomes his model and lover.
  • 1935 Birth of his child with Marie-Therese which leads to a separation from his wife Olga.
  • 1936 Picasso becomes the director of the Prado Museum in Madrid.
  • 1943 Picasso meets Francoise Gilot and has two kids with her.
  • 1947 At this time Picasso begins with the making of ceramics.
  • 1948 The French government awards the medal “De Reconaissance Francaise” to Picasso.
  • 1949 Picasso creates the lithography “the dove”. The placard of the peace congress in Paris with the image of a white dove in the blue sky still is one of the most famous peace symbols worldwide.
  • 1961 Picasso marries Jacqueline Roque.
  • 1963 Opening of the “Museo Picasso” in Barcelona. The main part of his estates later goes to this museum.
  • 1973 Pablo Picasso dies April 8, 1973 in Mougins near Cannes. He is buried in the garden of his castle.