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                                                        Lesson Plan: Color Cubism

Teacher: Mr. Essex Garner, Eugene R-5 High School, Eugene, Missouri
Cooperating Teacher: Mrs. Rhonda Burkett
Unit: Making Art Ė Color design, Drawing Techniques Ė Design Integration
Grade Level:  Middle School (6-8) - Adaptable to higher and lower grades.


Students will work with color values, and shapes to create images based on Cubism principles. Students will become familiar with the Cubism Art Movement and artists within that art movement.

Strand: (Know about Art), (Making Art) and Elements of Art.

Activities: Template Design with Geometric Shapes

Supplies Needed:

  • Construction Paper (8-1/2" x 11" or larger)
  • Colored Pencils
  • Rulers or straight edges

Introduction: Introduce cubism artistís such as Pablo Picasso, George Braque, and Marcel Duchamp; their artwork and discuss the general concepts behind cubism.

Cubism Project; Eighth Grade Art Student, Eugene R-5, Missouri (Right)

What You Do:

  1. Students pick out an image as a source: i.e. Cartoons, Cars, Animals, etc. Draw and image on construction paper insuring the image is large.
  2. After drawing the image onto the construction paper. Take a ruler and draw a number of lines across the paper. They cannot run parallel to one another. All vertical lines run in the same direction (up and down) but can be closer at the bottom and further apart at the top. Reverse the same process with your horizontal line. 
  3. If the student uses geometric shapes have them draw the shapes onto different areas of the paper, insuring most arrangements donít overlap one another. Also, don't panic if the shapes run off the page.
  4. In each individual shape the students will create miniature value scales using colored pencils. Emphasis is on a wide range of values from darks to lights and gradual blending of colors. Insure that dark areas/values from one grid donít touch dark areas in the adjacent grid
  5. Take your time and if you run into trouble, don't panic, just change your pattern slightly and go with the flow. This is supposed to be fun after all.


One Step Further:

Experiment with monochromatic color applications.


Vocabulary: Cubism, Geometric Shapes, Pablo Picasso, George Braque, and Marcel Duchamp, parallel,  vertical, horizontal line, overlap, gradual blending,

values, and imaginative patterns.

Cubism Project; Eighth Grade Art Student, Eugene R-5, Missouri (Right)

Clean Up: Allow 5 minutes prior to accomplish before class ends.


Recommended Web Resources:


    1. Marcel Duchamp Beat
    2. George Braque Guggenheim Museum,




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