Cubism Painting with Blending Techniques

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Cubism Mrs. Comstock

What is Cubism?:

What is Cubism? Cubism is an early 20th-century style and movement in art, esp. painting. Cubism abandoned perspective with a single viewpoint. Instead it has simple geometric shapes and interlocking planes.

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The Cubists challenged conventional forms of perspective , which had been the rule since the Renaissance. They wanted to develop a new way of seeing to reflect the modern age.

Why did Cubists reject perspective?:

Why did Cubists reject perspective? Cubists felt like a picture drawn in perspective could only work from one viewpoint and that restricted their options .

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They felt like because an image was drawn from a fixed position, the result was frozen, like a snapshot. Instead, the Cubists wanted to make pictures that reached beyond the rigid geometry of perspective.

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Therefore, the Cubists proposed that your sight of an object is the sum of many different views. Your memory of an object is not constructed from one angle, as in perspective. They thought it should be from many angles selected by your sight and movement.

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A typical Cubist painting depicts real people, places or objects and shows you many parts of the subject at one time. The front , back and sides of the subject become interchangeable in the design of the work.

Who started the Cubism Movement?:

Who started the Cubism Movement? It was pioneered by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso

Examples of their Artwork::

Examples of their Artwork: The Weeping Woman by Pablo Picasso Guitar and Fruit Dish By Georges Braque

Steps to Create a Cubism Picture:

Steps to Create a Cubism Picture Step 1: Decide if your piece is going to be a picture broken up like the painting above or a load of objects or shapes mashed together . When we are in the library, find several images that you want to include- or one image that you plan to “piece” apart.


PLAN PLAN PLAN YOUR IMAGE Plan out your piece. Before you start on your final piece, PLAN!!! Sketch out a few designs of the images you want to include and practice what you want to draw and achieve. Overlap, twist, break up… We will spend a day in the library looking at images for INSPIRATION ONLY and then you will create YOUR OWN… NOT SOMEONE ELSE’S.

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Next you will LIGHTLY draw on your final choice onto your Final Piece paper/ canvas with a pencil. I say lightly so then if you make a mistake you can easily rub it out.

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Try to overlap objects and twist them about, remember that your piece doesn't have to look realistic Further break up the bigger shapes using straight lines going in all directions.

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Now you can start to paint. You paint every section individually, not the object you originally drew. Vary the direction of brush strokes and blend your colors together, make them gradually darker by add a tiny bit of black, make it lighter using water and anything other you want to do. Remember this is your piece!!!

Another way you can approach creating your own Cubism piece::

Another way you can approach creating your own Cubism piece: Explore the idea of multiple perspectives by finding/taking pictures of the same subject from different angles. Print out your images. Cut the images up and paste them onto a separate sheet of paper, creating a single two-dimensional collage that depicts the subject from multiple viewpoints at once. Once you have a final collage, draw a version of this that you will paint.

Another starting point::

Another starting point: http://

Another approach::

Another approach: In some of Picasso’s pieces objects are geometrical but still easily identified . This is another approach you can take.

I want you to use blending techniques… we will watch a few videos and practice these techniques.:

I want you to use blending techniques… we will watch a few videos and practice these techniques.

Objectives I will be grading on::

Objectives I will be grading on: Is this your OWN piece? It can have inspiration but cannot be plagiarized work. Does it represent Cubism? Did you use “blending techniques”? Do you have good craftsmanship?

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