Art for Kids & Beginners: Draw and Paint an Abstract Cubist Fruit Bowl Inspired by Pablo Picasso | Em Winn | Skillshare

Art for Kids & Beginners: Draw and Paint an Abstract Cubist Fruit Bowl Inspired by Pablo Picasso

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

Art for Kids & Beginners: Draw and Paint an Abstract Cubist Fruit Bowl Inspired by Pablo Picasso

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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4 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need

    • 2. Step 1: Draw the Design

    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Design

    • 4. Step 3: Outline the Design

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About This Class

Are you looking for a fun and unique painting project for your child? 

Are you seeking an art project that will ensure artistic success and confidence?

Would you like an experienced art teacher guiding your child through the creative process?

This Abstract Cubist Fruit Bowl painting project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for first-time painters and children ages 8+. By following along with me, step-by-step, the beginner artist will learn the skills to create masterpieces of their own long after the project is complete.

There are three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw the Design
  • Step 2: Paint the Design
  • Step 3: Outline the Design

The process used to teach this project is a step-by-step method that will inspire and delight the beginner painter into drawing and painting action! This process involves observing, following instructions, and creating until the student is happy with the outcome.

Students will learn basic tempera and acrylic painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Abstract Cubist Fruit Bowl painting project is designed to give beginners the skills they need to begin their artistic journey into self-expression, reflection, and creative thinking.

Supplies and materials needed for this project:

Let the creative fun begin!

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Em Winn

Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist


Hi. My name is Em Winn and teaching art to children is what I love to do! I pride myself on creating dynamic, meaningful, and engaging art lessons that are taught in a relaxing and joyful way. I have over 20 years teaching experience in the elementary classroom and in the art studio, and I feel that I have a good grasp on how to create a learning environment that makes children feel happy, motivated, confident, and successful. Let the creative fun begin!

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1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need: Hi friends, how are you? I hope you're having a really good day today. I'd like to introduce this project to you. This is a drawing and painting project that was inspired by Pablo Picasso. Pablo Picasso love to paint in the cubist style. So I came up with this project because I thought that you would really enjoy it. This project is designed especially for kids. You do not need to have any drawing or painting experience at all to be successful with this project. I will teach you step-by-step exactly what you need to do to be successful. I'd like to go over the supplies in the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of thick white paper. Apu have construction paper or watercolor paper available to you. Go ahead and use that. You will need a pencil with an eraser and a couple of different paint brushes. I used a little bit of a larger paint brush for the background. And then I used a smaller paint brush for the detail work for the outline. So if you have those available to you, go ahead and use those. And if you don't just use what you have, you will need a paper towel and a pallet to put your paints on. And then you will need some paints. I use the cool colors here plus white and black. And if you don't want to use those colors, that's okay. You can use the colors that you'd like. I used white and black, green, blue, and purple. And so like I said, you can use the colors that you like, but those are the colors that I chose. So go ahead and gather up all of your supplies and materials, and I'll see you back here in just a minute. 2. Step 1: Draw the Design: Pablo Picasso not only love to create portraits of people, he also really enjoy creating a still life of either fruits and vegetables or flowers. So what we're going to do today is we are going to create a bowl of fruit in the cubist style because we are going to be inspired by our February artists of the month, Pablo Picasso. So what we're going to do is we're going to take our pencil and we are going to draw out a picture of a bull. Actually it's more like a stand. He liked to make his fruit in a stand usually. And so we're going to create a stand and then we're going to put some fruit on top of it. So take your pencil and what we're going to do is about a third of the way up your piece of paper. So not in the middle, but a little bit down from the middle, just a little bit. You're going to make a straight line. Your line doesn't have to be really heavy and solid like mine. I'm just doing that because I want you to be sure that you can see my line on the video. All right, after we create this line, we're going to make a stand down below. And you can make your stand any way that you want to. You can copy what I do or you can make your own stamps. But I am going to make a stand that looks like this. And if you want to make the same, you can. I'm just using more straight lines. See what I'm doing. So line diagonal lines coming down to diagonal lines coming in, diagonal lines coming down. And then I think I'm going to put more diagonal lines and then close those up at the bottom. So that is my fruit stand. So go ahead and make your fruit stand. And if you want to make it a little bit different than mine, but you can go ahead and do that. Alright, now that we have our fruit stand, we're going to make some fruit right up here in the top section of our drawing. And when we're making our fruit, you can make different types of fruit. You can make apples, you can make pairs or grapes. But what we're going to do is a little bit different. We're going to add, instead of picking super round shapes like this, for example, if you're going to make an orange over here, instead of thinking around orange, we're going to make our orange out of straight lines like this. Okay? And I know that that doesn't look like a real orange. But remember, Pablo Picasso loved the abstract style. So that's the kind of orange that I'm going to make. If I wanted to make a pair. I know that the top of a pair, it kind of is a little bit thinner. So maybe I'll make a shape like this. And then down below, I'll use my straight lines and it'll go like this. All right, and then maybe I'll put a stem at the top. And maybe I'll make a big leaf. So think of it as, instead of making things really rounded with your lines. You're making your lines more straight, but you can kind of recognize what they are because it's more of an abstract style. I think I need something here in the middle. I think I'll just make another shape like this, but I'm going to make it go down a little bit more into my stand here. I don't know what this is going to be. Maybe maybe the apple. So I'll put a stem on it, maybe with a leaf. And this is going to be an orange, so it's not going to have a stem with a leaf on it. Now if I want to add something else to this, I can go ahead and do that. If I want to add something behind this orange, I can go ahead and do that. Maybe like a banana. That might be kinda cool. So I think I will start my banana here like this. My bananas going to come out a little bit over here. Do you see how that's the shape of a banana? More of in a cubist abstract style. And then maybe right here, hmm, I wonder what I can put there. Maybe I'll just make a shape like this. And I'm not sure what that's going to be yet, but when I start painting, I'll figure it out. Okay. All right. I think I might want to put a little something right here to create a little bit more interest. So the point is, is that yours is not going to look like mine. Yours is going to look like yours, and that's what we want. After you feel like you're finished creating your fruit in your stand, what you're going to do is you're going to see if there's anything that you need to erase. Now I can see right here this piece of fruit, I think this is my apple. I'm going to erase that part right there. Because I know that I want my apple to be in front of my little fruit stand, so I want to erase that. And after you're finished with your fruit in your stand, we're going to make a table. So I'm going to make my table look like this. You can make your table any shape that you want. You can make just a straight line going across if you'd like, it's completely up to you. Now, this point, if you want to put anything that's geometric in the background, maybe like some shapes that look like this. Well, that's a pentagon, isn't it? For some diamonds? You can go ahead and do that. Just give a little bit more interest to your drawing. Maybe I'll even put some down here. So if you want to put something in the background, you can go ahead and do that now. Already friends. So now that I have my drawing complete, what I'm going to do is I am going to let you know that in the next step we are going to start painting our drawing. So I'll see you back here in just a minute. 3. Step 2: Paint the Design: Welcome back. So in this step, what we're going to do is we are going to paint our drawing. You can paint your drawing however you want with whatever colors you want. Take a look at the colors that you have on your palette, and you can mix these colors if you want. So what I'm going to do is I'm just going to start painting. Remember this is not realistic. So I can paint my banana like a green or purple if I want to, I can paint it any color that I want. I'm just going to use these four colors here. So this painting's not going to be realistic. I'm also going to paint the background. So keep that in mind. If you find that you run out of one of these colors, That's okay. Just raise your hand quietly and stay in your seat and let your teacher know. Your teacher will come by and give you a little bit more paint. Remember, we don't have that much paint on our palate because it's harder to put paint back in the bottle than to give you more paint. We don't want to be wasteful. Okay? So I'm going to try to stay in the lines for this particular part of the project. And I can take more than one color onto my paintbrush. So for example, I think I'm going to start painting these leaves, green and white. So I'm going to go like this, state inside my shape. If I go a little bit out of it, Is that okay? A little bit out of the shape? Absolutely. It's kind of hard to stay completely inside the shape. So just do the best you can. Already friends. So now that I'm finished with my green, I'm going to take my paper towel. I'm going to wipe my green off on my paper towel, give it a little hug, a little squeeze with my paper towel. Not all of migraine is going to come off, but that's okay. Enough of it has come off that I can switch to a different color and feel comfortable and just I can keep going. I don't even need water. All right. So that's what I'm going to do. So there we go. What we're going to do now is we are going to allow our paintings to dry. 4. Step 3: Outline the Design: Already friends. So the next step is we are going to start applying paint to the outline of our shapes. And remember, you can use thicker lines or thinner lines. It's up to you. So basically we're going to go along the shapes that we've created. And we are going to create an outline. And remember if they're a little bit angled, that's okay, That's what forecasts so loved to do. He loved to create those geometric shapes. So I'm going to start near the top of my piece of paper. And the reason why I'm going to do that is because as I move down my piece of paper, I might rest my hand by accident on the painting and I don't want to get black, smear it all around. All right, so I'm going to start up here at the top. I'm choosing to use a pretty light touch with my black. And if the paint runs out a little bit, I know to reload my brush. And I'm just going to go down my piece of paper. And I'm going to speed up this video. So it looks like I'm going pretty fast, but in reality, I'm going pretty slow because I'm trying to do my best work. So you can watch me for a few minutes and then you can get started on your own. Already, friends. I'm back and I'm finished outlining my fruit in my fruit bowl and my table in my shapes in the background. I think that they look really cool and I think that what the black does is it helps everything to just pop a little bit more in, stand out. So I hope that you enjoyed this lesson. I will see you next time.