Our Artist Studies series continued with Broomy’s Bairns in yesterday’s art class!  This week the kids were looking at the cubist-style portraits of Pablo Picasso.

Firstly, the kids chose a subject to make a portrait of, then decided on how the background behind the figure would look.  Using wax crayons, they put down their chosen background on the page – some went for their literal subjects background i.e. the person sitting opposite/next to them’s background of windows and outside view or a green screen, while others went for a more abstract, purely colourful background from their imagination.

Next, they moved on to cutting out pieces of coloured scrap paper, and arranging the pieces on the page to make up their figure.  Some of the children chose their friend sitting next to them to make the portrait of, whilst others went for something more abstract (or not!).  For example, one of the kids decided to make a portrait of Mr Potato Head from Toy Story, as a Picasso portrait from a scene in the animated film.

Once they had arranged the pieces on the page, they moved on to gluing the pieces down and lastly adding some features to the faces with pencil, pen or darker paper cuttings.

The Broomy’s Bairns Art Classes are every Wednesday at the Broomhill Art Flat, with the first session starting at 3.30pm, until 4.30pm, then the next session starting at 4.30pm, and finished up at 5.30pm.

If you would like to register your interest for a child to attend the Broomy’s Bairns workshops or require some more information, please call RIG Arts on 01475 649359 or email


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