Fifth graders learned about the cubist movement through the lens of Pablo Picasso.
Cubist artists were interested in presenting their subjects from multiple points of view within a two-dimensional format; striving to leave the viewer with the same impression as walking around a sculpture. Cubist artists took inspiration from the paintings of Paul Cézanne, which transform the organic landscape into a series of stacked and overlapping geometric shapes.
Students looked at Picasso’s famous painting, Weeping Woman with Handkerchief, and identified specific examples of cubism within the painting. We then played a game called “Roll a Picasso,” in which students use a die to roll for various facial features. These features were combined into a single portrait and colored with oil pastels.