Grade Levels: K-3

These family and homeschool activities are designed to complement the Pablo Picasso topic on BrainPOP Jr.


Review with your child that a theme is a message or idea that is explored in an artwork or piece of writing. Have your child choose a theme and create a series of artworks that address or explore the theme such as friendship, love, or caring for the environment. Brainstorm different aspects of the theme. For example, an exploration of friendship might include ideas about support, comfort, fun, and adventure. Have your child create paintings, drawings, collages, etc. to explore the theme and then display the artwork in your home. Can viewers guess what theme is being addressed?


Picasso painted a self-portrait during his Blue Period. He communicated how he felt through colors, shading, brushstrokes, and the facial expression in his portrait. Have your child paint or draw a self-portrait that communicates how he or she is feeling right now. What colors communicate specific moods? Brainstorm different examples and then have your child incorporate these colors into his or her creation.