Hey, Art IV! Stuck trying to come up with an idea for your Cubism-inspired project? Here are some ideas, and many include tutorials!
*keep in mind that we are almost out of red acrylic paint*
Do you just want to look at some Picasso works and get inspired?
"Shattered Values" project:Draw an object or image, divide up the picture plane by tracing a ruler in many directions, then shade each fragment with a gradient.
|Artist: Emanuel Ologeano|
Another option: divide up the picture by tracing a stencil:
Make a cubist still life:Here's a method in which you divide your paper first, then as you draw a still life, you translate (geometry term!) the object up/down/left/right a little bit so that the objects' edges don't line up at the divider lines:
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|"Cubist Music Still Life" summary and samples from another teacher's blog here|
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Forget still life, bruh...
This method allows you to work from a reference photo; you cut out and move around the fractured sections, then trace it:
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This teacher's project blends more use of your imagination and little bit less "rendering" (drawing to recreate something realistically/just as it looks in life or a photo)
Like this artist, you could use a relatively simple image from pop culture, replicate it overlapping itself in a variety of sizes, angles, etc.:
|Yeah, this Tom Mervik dude is pretty awesome|
Emulate a masterful work of art, but replace the subject (person/objects) with something that's meaningful to YOU! I like this style, which was inspired by cubism, but painted much later than the original cubists were working:
|Samson Flexor, Self Portrait, 1947-48|
Chop up your drawing, photos, printed papers, etc.!!! Collage them together:
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In the style of Picasso's portraits:
Take the concept of this 2nd grade project to a new level... draw different facial features on different pieces of paper and collage them together:
Or a couple more advanced techniques that involve cutting your portrait apart...
I don't think this one (above) was a self-portrait... if it was, then poor Carolina
|use more than one reference photo; collage them together and draw|
No need to just make a drawing... check these out!
More superheroes... I'm a little bit obsessed:
And you know Picasso was also a sculptor, right?
|Pablo Picasso - "Mandolin" (1914)|
We might be a bit limited with sculpting materials, but you could get creative with cardboard... Picasso did!
|Pablo Picasso, Head of a Woman, 1957, Cardboard, Museum Picasso, Paris|
|Pablo Picasso - Cardboard Guitar (1912)|
|Dog Sculpture by Terrell Powell|
And something fun that you can play with in your free time: Mr. PicassoHead (I didn't check to see if it works on phones)