Cubist Portraits After Picasso

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. 

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