Guiding Question: How do artists manipulate the real world to create abstract art?

From the now until the end of our rotation together, you will be learning Cubism, an innovative art form representing subjects with multiple viewpoints. You will be looking at the historical background and concepts of Cubism and the representative artists’ works. Then you will be doing practical portrait drawings inspired by Cubism and Picasso’s styles and techniques during the periods of analytical and syntheic cubism. You will also complete a research project on Cubist artists and their works to reflect your thorough understanding of the topic and subject knowledge. All learning processes will be well-documented in the developmental workbook.

In this unit

YOU will…

  1. Gain an understanding and awareness for the cubist style of artists such as Picasso, Braque, and Gris.
  2. Create a composition showing multiple views of yourself — fracturing the planes in the manner of the cubists
  3. Create a composition with a variety of textures – developing interest through contrast and possibly added collage elements.

Cubism was a 20th century Avant-grade art movement pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque that revolutionized European painting and applied arts. Picasso demonstrated uncanny artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner throughout his childhood and adolescence; during the first decade of the 20th century his style changed often as he experimented with different ideas and theories.

Picasso is known for his blue and rose periods, his African influenced period, and for various types of Cubism. Picasso was most well-known for his paintings but he was also a multi-media designer through use of collage.

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