Cubist Cube

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The Spanish painter and sculptor, Pablo Picasso is viewed by many as the greatest artist of the 20th century.  His unique use of color, form, and style made him one of the most innovative artists of all time.  Early on, Picasso painted a series of portraits in shades of blue.  The “Blue Period” paintings, 1900-1902, featured human misery.  From 1904-1905, he painted a series of happier paintings in shades of red and pink.  Many of the subjects were circus performers.   This was known as his “Rose Period.”  In 1908, Picasso and fellow artist Georges Braque began to paint landscapes that appeared to be made of little cubes.  That’s how the term “cubism” came to be.  The early cubist paintings were monochromatic (different shades of one color).  His later works became very colorful.

One of Picasso’s most famous monochromatic paintings, “Guernica,” makes a statement about the horrors of war.  He painted it shortly after German planes bombed the Spanish town of Guernica.  The painting doesn’t show the event.  It portrays the outrage of the event.

In his lifetime, Picasso created over 20,000 art pieces.

This CUBIST CUBE craft is a collage of several famous Picasso paintings.  Your students can make it monochromatic, or very colorful.  For inspiration, show them a variety of Picasso’s paintings before they color their cube.