This primary resource introduces children to artist Pablo Picasso. Discover the artist’s development over his lifetime. By what age was he a better painter than his father? What was his most famous work? When does Malaga hold a festival in Picasso’s honour?

Pupils will learn about Pablo Picasso’s life and works, and the influence they have had on modern day artistic styles, such as cubism, in our National Geographic Kids’ Art primary resource sheet.

The teaching resource can be used in study group tasks for looking at the significance and influence of Picasso’s works. It can also be used as a printed handout for each pupil to review and annotate, or for display on the interactive whiteboard using the images included in the resource to open a class discussion.

Activity: Ask children to use the information in the resource sheet to make their own Picasso-style portrait. Pupils could be shown further examples of Picasso’s works and discuss which pieces they like, or which pieces they don’t, giving reasons for their answers. They could compare the work of Picasso with other well-known artists (e.g. Leonardo da Vinci), whose style do they find most interesting? Why?


N.B. The following information for mapping the resource documents to the school curriculum is specifically tailored to the English National Curriculum and Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. We are currently working to bring specifically tailored curriculum resource links for our other territories; including South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. If you have any queries about our upcoming curriculum resource links, please email:


This Pablo Picasso primary resource assists with teaching the following Key Stage 1 Art objective from the National Curriculum:

Pupils should be taught:

  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


National Curriculum Key Stage 2 Art objectives:

Pupils should be taught:  

  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.


This Pablo Picasso Art primary resource assists with teaching the following Expressive arts First – Third level objectives from the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence:

  • I can respond to the work of artists and designers by discussing my thoughts and feelings. I can give and accept constructive comment on my own and others’ work.


Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Fourth level Expressive arts objectives:

  • I can analyse art and design techniques, processes and concepts, make informed judgements and express considered opinions on my own and others’ work


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