Year 8 Cubism
Students began this project by producing self portrait drawings from direct observation. We focussed on using the correct proportions and making careful observation of the facial features. Most students then had the time to move onto looking at skin tone, creating a convincing sense of light and dark within their studies. Following this, the students made a colour copy of a Cubist portrait painting of their choice. The examples I supplied featured a wide range of styles and levels of complexity.
Due to the limited time available for this project, we then created simple collages from photographs taken of the students' own faces, combining different viewpoints and/or expressions. These were then used as the basis for final paintings using acrylic on canvas paper - an excellent opportunity for the exploration of paint techniques such as glazing, scumbling, gestural markmaking and impasto. The students were able to link their own paintings effectively with the work of the Cubist artists they had copied earlier, making their own decisions about colour, shape, texture, contrast and detail as appropriate.