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A study of Cubism and self expression can go hand in hand.
Don't just talk about Cubism, explore it! Learners discuss some of the great Cubist artists as they take on a Cubist-style drawing assignment. They discuss the characteristics found in Cezanne, Monet, and Picasso paintings and analyze each for the use of geometric and organic lines. Then they create a Cubist piece by using one of the three suggested drawing exerises.
Proto-Cubism: Thinking Like Picasso
Eighth graders create blind contour drawn portraits. They work in small groups and pose for each other, creating portraits that express multiple points of view. Students also view a PowerPoint presentation on Cubism and complete a WebQuest on Picasso.
Painting - Cubism - Perspective
Students draw a chair from five different perspectives. After using the shapes from their drawings to create a cubist collage, students paint their collage monochromatically.
Pablo Picasso & Cubism
Learners of any age will understand the straightforward language and images presented here. The life of Pablo Picasso in relation to his development of Cubism is discussed, as is the progression of his art throughout his life. Use in an art history class, a visual literacy class, or before embarking on a project involving Cubism.
Kerpoof Lesson Plan: Picasso and Cubism
Students discover the Cubist art of Picasso. In this visual arts lesson, students read about Picasso's life and artwork. Students then link to an Internet site that allows them to create their own cubist art.
Study Cubism and Cubist art by examining a number of images with your students. They look at the relationship of Cubism to society architecture, and literature. Finally, they design a Cubist self-portrait using a variety of mediums after studying how more than one medium can be used in a piece of art.
Technology in Art
Complete three different self portraits in this art technology lesson. Your class will discuss the cubism genre and its characteristics. They create a regular self-portrait, a cubism self-portrait, and a cubism digital picture of themselves.
Define the term "cubism" with your students and investigate the characteristic style. View several cubist-style pictures of faces, discuss shapes seen and facial features present in artwork. Then your class can work individually or in pairs to create their own cubist faces using variety of media.
Painting Modern Life
Examine three Cubism art pieces by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque with your young scholars. They will research how Cubism was advanced due to Picasso and Braque. and then compare and contrast Cubist works through image based discussion. Your pupils take pictures of the same subject from multiple angles and create a two-dimensional collage with them. An additional assignment is included where students write e-mails to partners as part of an art collaboration.
Cubism is a wonderful art style to use when learning about shapes, line, and composition. Young artists will use cardboard scraps to design and construct a cubist sculpture inspired by Pierrot with Clarinet by Jacques Lipchitz. Fantastic images are included to help you teach about shapes and the Cubist style.
The Age of Confusion
According to the presentation, the age of confusion was marked by a very specific set of art and philosophical movements. Take a visual trip, and explore expressionism, cubism, Dada, Bauhaus, existentialism, and the new modes of understanding that defined early 20th Century art.
Modernism: American Literature 1914-1945
What characterizes modern literature? The first few slides of this 31-slide PowerPoint discuss what sparked the change to Modernism and discuss some of the key figures of the time (like Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud). The 20s and 30s are both briefly touched on, and some characteristics of the work produced during this period are noted. To finish, the isms are introduced: Fauvism, Cubism, Dadaism, Expressionism, Surrealism, and Symbolism.
Computer Aided Cubism
Young scholars engage in a study of the artistic style of cubism with the integration of technology to aid them create a unique work of art. They are shown the works of Picasso and Braque in order to serve as examples to create a context.
Realistic Impressions: Investigating Movements in the Visual Arts
You and your high school class can examine the idea of artistic movements with this activity. Explore various websites, compare/contrast paintings, after which the assignments are to complete a chart, and write an essay.
Ah, Impressionism, one of the most studied genres of art. High schoolers study the works of the major French Impressionist painters: Renoir, Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Seurat, ToulouseLautrec, Utrillo, Pissarro, Cassatt, Morisot, and Caillebotte. They create products for presentation and use reading and writing strategies in various activities.
The Life and Work of Pablo Picasso
A study of Pablo Picasso's art can be an interesting way to delve into a variety of subjects.
Give It All You’ve Got Heroes and Visual Art
Sure, your young artists probably know Van Gogh and Picasso, but are they equally as familiar with Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol? Small groups examine the work of famous artists. Then, they create their own hero portraits in Cubist style and display them in a gallery walk.
Finding Polygons in Cubist Art
Fourth graders explore geometric properties and relationships in a two-dimensional work of art. They first search for and identify polygons in a Cubist painting and then use polygons to create their own Cubist portrait of a classmate.
Picasso's Art Styles
Students explore the life and artistic contributions of Pablo Picasso. They create a clay animation depicting one of Picasso's art periods.