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High-School Art Assignment 1: Cubism Painting

The Cubism Painting Assignment, is based on an in-depth study of Cubism artworks by Pablo Picasso, Robert Delaunay, George Braque & Fernand Léger.

Major influences of Cubism Art, originally includes exploration and the discovery of native cultures. Art forms particularly from native cultures, revealed that shapes and forms could be simplified and rearranged, in order to increase the power of expressive, visual qualities.

Cubism as an art form, therefore attempts to analyse the subject matter, (consisting of various objects), while being broken up and then being rearranged and reassembled in an abstracted form. The artist therefore depicts the subject matter from a multitude of viewpoints.

Once gaining a clear understanding of Analytical Cubism which is executed with greater mathematical accuracy in monochromatic and sombre colour schemes, while Synthetic Cubism is more colourful and decorative in style, the High School Art Students each selected a Still Life photograph used as a reference image, which were then simplified into an abstract /or semi-abstract composition.

Apart from following the specified assessment criteria and guidelines, the Art students applied personal creativity related to their individualized artistic approaches, processes, preferred painting techniques and interpretations.

Cubism Painting Assessment Criteria:

A.)-Knowledge and Understanding:

a.1)-The student demonstrates knowledge of key terms and details which are associated with the topic.

B.)-Thinking and Inquiry:

b.1)-The student applies elements of art and principles of design within his /or her Cubism composition, to create a successful Cubism Painting.
b.2)-The student successfully simplified the original ‘Still Life’ photograph, into a simplified geometric design.


c.1)-The student applies paint neatly and carefully applies colour mixing techniques learned in class.
c.2)-The student applies definitive and clear outlines – as characteristic & typical of Cubism Art.
c.3)-The student applies painting techniques which are associated with Cubism Art, such as Monochromatic Painting (An Analytical Cubism Style) / or Decorative Painting (A Synthetic Cubism Style).