Pablo Picasso drew his dog, Lump, in one continuous line.

My first-grade teacher called my mother. I wouldn’t stop crying during art time. I couldn’t draw a dog the way a real dog looks.

Picasso is credited with developing the constructed sculpture technique.

In middle-school art class we worked with clay. When placing my chunk of clay (that I thought was finally looking like an elephant head) on the storage shelf, it accidentally fell and hit the floor. The art teacher was unaware. The next day, while I was re-working my clay, the teacher approached and remarked, “What a beautiful, stylized bird. This is the best work you’ve done all year!” To me, it looked like a skinny pigeon with a very elongated neck and pointy beak. I forgot to mention that I was the founder of accidental art.

Picasso was co-founder of the Cubist Movement.

On the first day of high school art class, the assignment was to make our own color palette. I created a full range of each primary color using a one-inch straight edge brush. The teacher was very pleased with my finished palette and said I had a great sense of color.

During his lifetime, Picasso signed over 45,000 art pieces.

I signed one color palette. My mother carefully placed it in a plastic frame she bought at Woolworth’s and proudly hung it on the kitchen wall.

Ron Theel is an educator, mixed media artist, and freelance writer living in Upstate New York. His work has been published in “Lake Life” and “Rustling Leaves Anthology.” He has also written an e-book, “Food Fight; Winning the Weight Loss War,” published by Smashwords Press.