Sunday, March 27, 2011

a cultural heritage cubist portrait lesson plan

(Teacher’s sample portrait copyrighted 2011 Grimm)

Title: Cubist Portrait
Topic: cubism, inheritance, indigenous culture, art history
Goals and Objectives:
  • Students will select an indigenous culture rich with art history and integrate the elements and characteristics of that culture into a cubistic style portrait.
  • Students will use internet research to inform a drawing.
  • Students will identify the differences and similarities between Synthetic and Analytical Cubism.
STRAND I: Product/Performance
Select and apply two-dimensional media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas and solve challenging visual art problems
  • Create smooth, continuous value through even pressure
  • Create a range of 4 smoothly graduated values through varied pressure
  • Define edge through variations in pressure or angle
  • Use media in various ways to create simulated and invented textures
  • Demonstrate proficiency using a single drawing media
STRAND I: Product/Performance
3. Communicate ideas about subject matter and themes in artworks created for various purposes
A. High School Level I
·      Create original artworks using portrait subject matters.
STRAND V: Historical and Cultural Contexts (HC)
1. Compare and contrast artworks from different historical time periods and/or cultures
A. High School Level I
·      Identify works from Cubist art movements.
Grade: 9th – 12th
Length of Class Period: 55 minutes
Frequency of Class Period: five days a week
Time Needed: five class periods
Facility & Equipment Requirements:
  • One computer lap top
  • Room with good lighting
  • Large tables, approximately ten, each seating four students
  • Two sinks
  • Dry erase board
  • Drying racks
  • Cabinets for storage
  • Projector for viewing computer video, CDs and DVDs
Resources Needed:
  • Power point about Cubism, Picasso, Braque and Juan Gris
Materials Per Student:
  • Newsprint for practice drawings
  • Heavy card stock or watercolor paper for final drawing
  • Photograph of a person or magazine page depicting a person
  • Ruler
  • Pencils and colored pencils
  • Oil pastels
Vocabulary/Terminology: original definitions from
  1. Synthetic Cubism - is more of a pushing of several objects together. Less pure than Analytic Cubism, Synthetic Cubism has fewer planar shifts (or schematism), and less shading, creating flatter space.
  2. Analytical Cubism - was an analysis of the subjects (pulling them apart into planes)
Motivation- Looking and Talking Activity: Students will view and participate in a large group discussion about Cubism.
Step-by-Step Studio Activity Specifics:
  • Students will first view and participate in a large group discussion about Cubism.
  • Students will research in the computer lab or library their cultural history topic. Then select a collection of objects and photographs of people to work from.
  • Students will complete at least two sample drawings of their ideas.
  • Students will discuss their drawings with the instructor.
  • The teacher will provide heavy cardstock , white mat board, or watercolor paper for students to work with.
  • Students may use a variety of colored pencils, oil pastels or watercolors made available in the classroom by the instructor.
  • The cubist portrait must include at least three artifacts and fifty percent of the face must be recognizable as human.
  • Students will then turn in their portrait at the end of five class periods.
Health & Safety Concerns: There are no health and safety concerns for this project.
Special Needs Adaptations:
Cleanup Time & Strategy: Students will be instructed to put away art materials neatly in their containers, clean off their tables, and recycle their trash two minutes prior to dismissal.
Assessment: A formal assessment/grading rubric sheet is included along with this lesson plan in the student teacher binder.

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