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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cubism Portraits

Shattered Portraits of People 
Art of Shattered People 
Picasso Painting on top right. 

This example of mine is sort of a cubist self-portrait using crazy abstract colors.
I tried to keep things in the relative area they are naturally in.

This example of mine is using more neutral tones 
and it is harder to see who the person is in the portrait.
This is because the features are more various and jumbled around in the composition.


Early 20th Century Paris, France
Pablo Picasso

I begin this lesson with going over some history of Pablo Picasso and his invention of Cubism. 
I show the movie, Dropping in on Picasso by Crystal Video. 
We then try to capture the idea of Cubism in dicussion. I try to get them to understand that it is seeing one object from multiple perspectives at one time. 
I have them imagine me taking a picture of a student from the front, back, and side. 
Then I take the tangible pictures of them and cut them up into pieces. 
I rearrange them in a different order, then draw the new arrangement.
There may be 3 eyes, 2 noses, and features from different angles... 
but that is the point!

1. On 12 by 18 white paper, divide the area into a variety of sections using a pencil.
Have 10-15 areas somewhat evenly drawn out.
2. In each section, draw at least 2 eyes (each from different angle), 1 nose, 1 mouth, and 2 ears.
They can also include parts of hair, neck, chin, cheeks, accessories, but do not need to include body parts below the neck. 
3. I encourage them to emphasize their pencil lines with either a sharpie, other markers, or use a harder line of whatever they are coloring with. This is keep the details they worked so hard on from disappearing after the coloring process.
4. After emphasizing, color using a them (blue period, rose period, neutral tones, or abstract colors).

Here are some

Angel Auarez

Haley Ackerman

Dacy Moss



Casey Stubblefield


  1. I would like to use this ideal of cubism and art movement with my class. Would you be willing to share the lesson and handouts for this project.

  2. These are really great, thank you for sharing this lesson.