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Re: Cubism lesson

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Thu, 18 Sep 1997 23:55:06 -0400

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I like to get students started on an understanding of Cubism by setting
up a single object - like a watering can, and have them sketch it from
different viewpoints (eye level, above, and below), in various positions
(upright, sideways, etc.), and normal and close-up views. These might
all be on 1 large piece of paper, or several papers. Then I have them
grid their drawing(s) into 4" squares, cut the squares apart, and
rearrange. They can omit squares, overlap some, flip some
upsidedown,etc., until they come up with a pleasing composition. The
less talented kids often just paint or color over this collage, but the
better students frequently just use it as a guide to drawing a new
composition. I know this is probably not how Picasso and Braque actually
worked, but it helps my students understand how analytical the Cubists
were and how the overall composition (and how visually challenging it
was) was more important than the traditional portrayal of 3-D objects on
a 2-D surface. They also realize it was not easy to do - which helps
counteract the common misconception that anyone can do abstract art.
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Sandra Hildreth
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
http://www.northnet.org/mwcsart/mwart.htm
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617
 

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