Picasso’s Rose Period Hearts… love, love, love

Picasso Rose Period Hearts


Picasso’s Blue Period lasted for 4 years. It was a sad time in his life and he primarily used blue paint in his works.

After that sad time Pablo fell in love and splashed many of his canvases with lovely colors such as pinks, reds, corals and purples. This became known as his Rose Period which focused on bold shapes and colorful patterns. In these two art lessons my students created delightful flowers and hearts inspired by Picasso’s Rose Period.

First Project: Picasso Hearts

Students used a piece of 18″ x 18″ tagboard, drew a heart, painted it with tempera paint, then cut it out when dry. It took 50 minutes to complete one large heart.



One student created an abstract heart inspired by

Picasso’s cubism!



I never have to explain the directions, I just tell them to create fun designs with paint. They are wonderful students who love to create fantastic projects.

Second Project: Picasso Rose

Students created a big flower on tagboard using tempera paint. It took 50 minutes to complete one large flower. We let them dry and then cut them out.



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This 18 page-PDF features an easy to follow art lesson, complete with full color photos. Also, you will find beautiful galleries containing examples of students’ artwork, reproducible Artist Statements for project reflection, full color 11″ x 17″ poster, I Can Statements and National Standards.

These lessons are great for ages 7-11 but any age student can create beautiful art using these directions. These lessons are designed so that every child will be a successful artist.


The Digital PDF includes:

Step by Step full-color photo tutorial for each lesson
Artist Background info on Picasso
Subject Background information
Picasso Timeline

Supplies needed for each project
Inspirational Picasso quotes
Student Galleries
Reproducible Artist Statements for project reflection

National Standards

I Can Statement

Helpful tips


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Keep on Creating!

Laura 🙂

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  • Reply
    Nancie Kay
    January 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Aren't those just the best?! Love all that creative individuality – makes MY heart smile…thanks for sharing!

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    January 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Love it! I have been wanting to start an art club at my school with 4th graders. Can you share how you go about organzing the club? Do you have a max number of students? Is it by invitation, can anyone join, etc? How often to do you meet?

    Thank you for any advice you have!!
    Art Teacher in TX

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    Joanna Davis
    January 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    LOVE these! will do with my second graders for sure! how fun!!!

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    January 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Michelle, I have it open for 4th and 5th graders. 20 students max so we can have space to create large projects! 🙂 We have it board approved so we have additional pay from the district.
    We have one in the elementary, middle school and high school. It meets twice a month before school starts and last 45 minutes.

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    Jenny Bartolazzi
    January 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    LOVE THESE!!!!

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    Mrs. Hahn
    January 20, 2011 at 1:58 am

    GREAT! GREAT! GREAT! I love these! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    January 20, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Oh, those are beautiful. Did they take them home, or do you display them all together? What a gorgeous collection!

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    Paper Pear
    January 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I love the patterns and picasso relation! I hope things are going wonderfully for you this year! Amazed it is nearly February and my 2nd yr of teaching almost under my belt. THANKFUL you introduced me to the blotting world! More and more thanks!

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    Paper Pear
    January 20, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Blogging! !

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    January 20, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Thanks guys, Teresa, They will be used for a large Picasso display for our upcoming art show.

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    January 21, 2011 at 3:15 am

    I love this project!! which colors did you use ? Red and white tempera??

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    January 22, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    These all wonderful! I love the designs!

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    jessica Johnston
    January 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    The hearts look great. I love them. I have an unrelated question, I am trying to rotate an image I uploaded on my blog and I cannot for the life of me figure out where to do it. It uploaded in a vertical format even though it was saved in a horizontal format. Help, ready to pull my hair out! Jessica

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    January 23, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Jessica you should be able to do the rotate in picassa. The photo program is connected with blogger. Good luck!

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    Fine Lines
    January 29, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Ohhhhhh! These are wonderful!!

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    Art Project Girl
    January 31, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    So is that the large tagboard you were talking about??? How long can you use it for? The hearts look like a lot of painting fun!

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    February 1, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Yes, it last at least for a semester. We use it for everything! Thanks

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    February 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    What type of paint do you use for this project?

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    Shannon Maynard
    January 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Great Idea!!!

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    Art Project Girl
    January 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I have a question! I would like to try this but what ROSE PERIOD paintings did you use for examples? I am just curious because these came out so great and I bet they had great inspiration.

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    January 26, 2012 at 2:03 am

    The circus performers. He followed them around for 3 years! Lots of patterns and soft colors. 🙂

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    J. Cooper
    February 15, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I just finished this with my third graders. We skipped the Picasso link and just talked about shades and tints. I also gave them purple and magenta paint in addition to the red, white, and black. They came out fantastic! I'll be posting pictures of them later this week on my blog. I'll link back to you when I do. This was a very successful lesson. 🙂

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    April 16, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Love your ideas!! Thank you! I too have an art club with 4th and 5th graders. Group members and media change each month! Fun for all of us and we can focus on making great art in an exciting medium such as clay,photography, and glass.

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    Pi Casso
    July 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    This post is really incredible, one of the most helpful I have ever read, indeed. picasso

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    January 6, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    A good book to go with this is Picasso and Minou. It covers his blue and rose period and has a love message 🙂

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