A dramatized autobiography of the artist Pablo Picasso, showing his paintings and sketches and talking about the inspiration for his work. Picasso talks about his family and his sister Lola, who was a huge inspiration for his work. He then says that the one person he drew throughout his whole life was himself. He talks about how he used colours to show emotions.
He also talks about how one day he decided to change the way he painted people, rather than painting them the way they looked. He demonstrates looking at a person's profile and then their whole face to show how the facial features can appear to change when seen from a different angle. Finally he encourages the children watching to cut up faces from magazines to make new ones.
Within a topic on biographies and autobiographies, children could watch this clip to gain insight into the life of Pablo Picasso. The historical content within the clip could be used as the beginnings of research about Picasso in preparation for writing a biography of his life. Additionally, his focus on self-portraits could enhance discussions around autobiography as not only a textual art form but a visual one. Children could explore the style of his autobiographical paintings and then create, firstly, their own self portrait sketch and, secondly, their own self portrait painting inspired by the style of one of his self-portraits.