An introduction to Cubism!!!!!! Fun lesson plan that will spark creativity!
*Can be used as a great "Getting to Know You" activity
*Includes Language Arts connection
*Includes a rubric for the project
-The introductory activity will motivate and excite the students to learn about Cubism. Give each student a regular size sheet of paper (8.5”x11”) and tell them to draw and color the first shape that comes to mind. It can be any size and any color. On the front board, have an enlarged picture of an object (i.e. guitar, fish, tree, etc.) Have them cut out their shape and glue it to the picture on the front board in any order. Shapes may overlap and go over the edges of the enlarged picture. Explain that you took an ordinary picture and made it Cubistic by the shapes used in the artwork.
-Review geometric shapes. Handout the “Geometric Shape Review” worksheet and have them apply their knowledge of the shapes previously discussed. This activity should be done independently.
-Discuss the differences between Analytical and Synthetic Cubism, emphasizing color and how objects in the works are compiled.
-The main activity will involve the students identifying shapes that are on their own faces. Are the eyes a triangular shape or oval? Have them make a list of their features and draw an example on the worksheet “Shapely Features”.
-Once all features on face have been identified, have the children look through magazines and cut out body parts that look similar to their own. In order to provide enough magazines for all students, you should plan on having over 30 magazines of all varieties. If they cannot find any from the magazines, they can create their own on
-After desired body parts have been cut out, have the students glue them on their own regular sized paper to create a self-portrait. They can draw in any missing pieces. When designing their self-portraits, remind them to keep a Cubistic style in mind.