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Cubism Still Lives

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4th Graders learned about CUBISM and PABLO PICASSO. We talked about GEOMETRIC SHAPES and COMPLEMENTARY COLORS. Using these concepts, 4th graders completed still life artwork.

We started by talking about CONTOUR LINES and how to draw what you see. Many students were initially intimidated about drawing objects from life but when we broke things down into shapes, it helped to simplify the process. Each table chose a tray filled with interesting objects like flowers, cups, toys, shells, bells, and blocks.

Students were given the option to draw whatever they wanted that they saw, as long as they filled up their paper. I felt it was important to have some freedom in this project because I have always loathed technical life drawing and wanted to provide more choices. Some students chose to draw all of the objects and some decided on a couple that they really liked.

Students drew in their sketchbooks and then transferred their designs onto white drawing paper. From there, they used rulers to ‘fracture’ the picture and sharpies to outline their shapes.

Then it was time to color. I told students they were only allowed to use 2 colors and after the outrage explained that they could also use black and white. We talked about how this would give them at least 6 colors and possibly even more.  Students learned how to blend colors of oil pastels together to create VALUE and TINT AND SHADE. This was a fun and messy process!

The idea for this project was adapted from a project found in the county database. I also used inspiration from a project I did several years ago  with still life, fracturing, and oil pastels.

I am excited to finally be finished with this and move on to printmaking!

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Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

2 thoughts on “Cubism Still Lives

  1. You have quite a talent for blogging + creativity + projects. I love how you set up this project – the flowers in the cardboard paper towel rolls. Adorable. Great work!

  2. A lovely dynamic cubism project. I like the way you limited the color choices to make them explore value! I’ve enjoyed exploring your blog and will be following (through RSS feed) with interest! I’d love you to visit me at Dream Painters 🙂

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