Cubism was an art movement that revolutionized European painting and sculpture in the early 20th century. The essence of Cubism is that instead of viewing subjects from a single, fixed angle, the artist breaks them up into a variety of areas, so that several different aspects of the subject can be seen simultaneously.
Cubism began in 1906 with two artists, Georges Braque (French) and Pablo Picasso (Spanish) who were living in Paris, France. They were both innovative artists in search of new ways to express space and form in painting. The two worked together closely until World War I broke out in 1914.
Grade 6 students studied the characteristics of Cubism by looking at examples of Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne and Georges Braque.
Students began the project by creating a Cubism inspired drawing from observation. They did this by first drawing lines across the paper to break up the space. Then they drew a ukulele from different vantage points. The drawing was later transferred to canvas. Students incorporated collage with painting, using a limited color palette.