FREE: Picasso’s Ukulele
Picasso often featured music in his art. Why not try this version of an abstract Ukulele?
Easy Peasy Level:
This simple artwork uses colour to make different sections stand out from each other. We’ll turn a simple outline of a ukulele into an interesting coloured pencil artwork.
You will need:
- 1 piece of old sheet music / or a printed copy of our template.
- 1 lead pencil
- Thick black marker.
- Coloured pencils.
Easy Peasy Tips:
- Drawing on printed paper can add some real interest in your artworks. Try drawing on old sheet music or even on old phone books.
- If you are having trouble seeing the lines on the sheet music, you can also draw with a coloured pencil instead of the lead. This is what we have done here with our example.
- you don’t need to draw a ukulele for this artwork. choose any music instrument that you like. Just keep it simple!
For The Teacher:
- Pablo Picasso often featured music in his artworks. Show the class artworks by Picasso and see if they can identify different musical instruments or musical references.
- For this artwork to be effective, you will need to encourage your class to press firmly when using the coloured pencils. As the student’s hands may become tired, this artwork may need to be completed in more then one session.
Creating Your Artwork:
- Drawing: On the piece of sheet music, lightly draw a simple outline of the ukulele in pencil. Once you are happy with your design, trace it with the black marker.
- Now using your pencil, draw long lines stretching from one side of the page to the other across the ukulele. You could use straight lines or curved lines. Don’t forget to draw them from top to bottom as well. This will break your page up into smaller shapes. Once completed you may need to add more lines if you notice shapes that are much larger than others.
- Colouring: Take out your set of coloured pencils. You will now need to divide the set into two seperate groups, colours to be used on the ukulele and others to be used in the background. Begin colouring the ukulele by colouring in each of the shapes inside of the outline in the different colours you chose. Try not to use the same colour next to one another.
- Keep colouring until the ukulele is completely coloured.
- Now begin colouring the background using your selected colours.
- Keep colouring until your page is complete.
- To complete your artwork, you may need to re-trace your design with the black marker to make it black again. We’ve also added some strings and other details to add interest.
- You could try this artwork using different musical instruments.
- You could also try this artwork using other mediums. Felt markers, oil pastels or paints would also work beautifully.