KS3 Art – Cubism Home Learning Project

It sounds bad to say but I’m making this project up as I go along” πŸ˜‚  as in, it’s not finished yet! I’m creating the home learning Cubism Scheme of Work for my KS3 (Year 9) classes and I am going to add lessons weekly depending on how my students respond to it and how much work they get done each week etc.

If you would like me to share the presentation (what I have so far) just leave a comment below so I can share it with your email.

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*Update* I have added some more examples of the lesson slides and student’s work. Enjoy!

Home Learning Art Project Cubism

The overall aim of the project is for students to find a Cubist artist and create some research, then understand the features of Cubist work. I want students to be able to engage at home with minimal equipment so the first few lessons will be focused on drawings then eventually (hopefully) adding colour.

For this Cubism project, I am going to be sharing one lesson per week with my students, and updating the presentation slides as I go along – in our school we have 2 hour lessons in Y9 so some of the tasks might seem quite lengthy. If you want to use the presentation feel free to change / alter it so it’s suited to your classes.


I am using Loom to talk over the presentation slides and explain what I want students to do, whilst also posting the task in their online classroom. Here is what I have posted online the first part of the lockdown tasks:

Create at least one research page (on paper or online) about Cubism.
– Add the title: Cubism
– Find one Cubist artist and write 3 facts about them. Add pictures of their work.
– Explain the key features of Cubism (objects overlapping, drawn from different viewpoints and positive / negative colours.)
– Draw a section of their work carefully, including shading (and colour if you have the equipment)

All writing should be in your own words and in full sentences. It can be done online or on paper, just submit a photograph of anything you have done.

Cubist art lockdown art project lessons

For lesson two / week 2 I will ask students to focus on drawing an object from different directions, as described in this slide.

KS3 scheme of work cubism home learning project


For lesson / week 3, I asked students to self-assess their artwork using the criteria from the previous lesson. They then looked at more Cubist artworks and identified how the artists used colour to create patterns and areas of positive / negative colour. This colour theory lesson introduced complementary colours and has a couple of shorter tasks (which are in the full presentation). Understanding how Cubist artists used colour informed the students next steps.

Lockdown art lesson cubism self-assessments
KS3 art project cubism colour theory


Lesson / week 3 in this Cubism project focused on artist’s use of tone. Students identified ‘successful’ tonal work, then applied their understanding of colour theory again (from the previous lesson). I asked students to work in warm tones this week to ensure they didn’t start adding too many colours all at once. It also helped them realise that harmonious colours on the wheel blend more smoothly.

Cubist art lessons colour theory home learning project

And that’s everything I have so far! One student moved on quicker than the other and added cool harmonious colours to their work, I think it’s looking great:

KS3 art cubism home learning project

If you would like this (unfinished) art home learning / Cubism project just leave a comment and I will share the presentation (what I have done so far!) with your email address. Also let me know if you have any questions or ideas about the project.

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87 thoughts on “KS3 Art – Cubism Home Learning Project

  1. Hi
    This looks fab, and love the minimalist equipment approach I think this could work well with my class if you do not mind sharing. Thank you

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  2. I love the cubism and abstract! I have to honestly say that I only experimented with this subject matter twice. I’ve noticed that most of the artists I’ve met experiment with abstract and cubism as their primary focus! It seems so adventurous and liberating!!! I have to take a dab at it again. Keep up great work!

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  3. Hey there! This looks amazing!!

    I full time homeschool my about to be yr 8 autistic daughter, who loves art. We follow the national curriculum and I just discovered your blog page. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful SOW. I was wondering if you might be happy to send me a copy please? I understand I’m not a teacher so this may not be something you would do, and that’s ok, I just thought I would ask. Many thanks for your consideration and also a massive thank you again for this inspiring blog x

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  4. With my thoughts drifting to the possibility of home learning again after the holidays I would really appreciate a copy of this presentation- it looks like a really fun project for students. Thank you

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  5. This looks amazing! I have a very artistic daughter who isn’t accessing school just now. I’m not an art teacher but would love to have a copy to work through with her. Thankyou very much in advance πŸ™‚

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  6. Thank you for sharing these fantastic lessons for the unit! Any chance to get a copy at this point? As a teacher developing the art curriculum this would be great!!

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  7. I would also love to have your powerpoint, if still available? thanks very much – I am an ECT writing scheme’s of work from scratch so this will be invaluable!


  8. Hi. I would love a copy of your presentations. I am Y6 and not very knowledgeable about this subject- it’s a long time since I’ve done O level art! Would like to view to inform my teaching of our drawing Unit. The results look amazing!

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      1. Thanks so much – this is a really great resource which enables Cubism to become very accessible, thank you for sharing! Much appreciated!

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  9. Thanks very much for this lesson starter – Im teaching KS4 to my GCSE students but I can easily adapt this and would love to see the slides and use them while I’m looking at the work of John Piper


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