It sounds bad to say but “I’m making this project up as I go along” 😂 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.
*Update* I have added some more examples of the lesson slides and student’s work. Enjoy!
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.
For lesson two / week 2 I will ask students to focus on drawing an object from different directions, as described in this slide.
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.
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.
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:
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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