Thursday, March 19, 2015

Cubism - Project Ideas!

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.

Or variations of colors instead of gradients:
Artist: Emanuel Ologeano 

If you think this looks difficult --- it's not! Here's a video tutorial about this method that was designed for first graders!!!

Another option: divide up the picture by tracing a stencil:

click either picture for instructions and samples

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:
click for more examples
Or divide up and apply color in your own unique way, as this teacher encouraged:

"Cubist Music Still Life" summary and samples from another teacher's blog here
Or go the mixed media route with your still life...
Click for more examples of this project

Forget still life, bruh...

Music was a common theme in cubist artwork... you don't have to do a still life, you could also work from a reference photo of a musician, as these two students did:

This method allows you to work from a reference photo; you cut out and move around the fractured sections, then trace it:

click for instructions

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)
"Phase 1: Students crate cubist style sketched from a photo or life.
Phase 2: Students experiment with oil pastels to create value
Phase 3: Sketches are transferred to large paper, the objective is that each square successfully incorporates value. BLACK is added for extra 'pop' and contrast."

Like this artist, you could use a relatively simple image from pop culture, replicate it overlapping itself in a variety of sizes, angles, etc.:

Other works by the same artist:

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:
Click for instructions
Or, for slightly less chaos, cut away some sections and replace them with sheet music, textured papers, whatever you can find:

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)

Guitar Sculpture by Ron Ulicny
Dog Sculpture by Terrell Powell

Irving Harper

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) 

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