2. Mash it up

(Duration: 20/11/2017 to 09/02/2018)

Guiding Question: What is Art? Can abstract Art be considered Art?

Learning materials


Cubist Artists
Influential artist
David Hockney


2.1 In the week of 16th November, 2016 to 16th February, 2017, you will be learning Cubism, an innovative art form representing subjects with multiple viewpoints. You will be looking at the historical background and concept of Cubism and the representative artists' works. Then you will be doing practical portrait drawings inspired by Cubism and Picasso's styles and techniques during the periods of analytical and synthetic cubism. Meanwhile, research project on the Cubist artists and their works is to be conducted to reflect your thorough understanding of the topic and subject knowledge. All learning process will be well-documented on the developmental workbook.

Week of 14/11/16: Topic investigation

Home work: Complete inquiry question of the unit. Prepare a new workbook if the old one has been filled up.

Week of 21/11/16: Topic investigation continued. Analytic Cubist experimentation.

Home work: Research project (Due on 28/11/16). Pay great attention to project outlines.
Assessment Criteria: A (Knowing and understanding)

Class work: Analytic Cubist Portrait Tryout (Simplify lines and shifting picture plane)
Assessment Criteria: B (Developing skills) and D (Responding)

Week of 28/11/16: Analytic Cubist experimentation continued.

Class work: Analytic Cubist Portrait Tryout (Overlapping picture plane and colouring)
Assessment Criteria: B (Developing skills) and D (Responding)

Week of 5/12/16: Studio work development of Analytical self-portrait

Personal Goals, Action Plan, small-scale visual experimentation and annotation before embarking on the A3 drawing paper. On-going work evaluation and reflection of the visual qualities and concepts demonstrated in the process of creation.

Assessment Criteria: B (Developing Skills), C (Thinking Creatively ) and D (Responding)

Project due on 4/1/2017


Sketches of making an analytic cubist work.

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Picture A) Shifting Plane (original shapes have been divided into broken planes and shifted up and down)
Picture B) Overlapping Plane (broken lines extended and overlapped the adjacent space)

Start with a profile of Hilary (not focus on image details but with a mindset of geometric shapes). I inserted random vertical and horizontal lines to the face. Then moved the intersected shapes up and down to break the original form to geometric pieces. Later on I added extended lines from the fragments to create overlapping effect. Evaluate if both shifting and overlapping planes are appropriately done. (Don't add too much as you need to give second viewpoint of the original image to the existing "deconstruction" image)

Then I referred to Hilary again to look at his front side. Record his facial expression then find the position to show his eyes, nose, mouth and neck to represent the cubist ideas of having multiple viewpoints of the subject. After finishing the layout, I used charcoal to give the first layer of shading over different areas. Then adding earth tone colors (e.g. brown, green, blue-green, etc.) to demonstrate the concept of subtle colors being used in the period of analytical cubism. You may add color background too to make it look more stylish. NOW IT'S YOUR TURN!

WEEK of 03/02/15: Please prepare TWO to THREE self-portrait photos with different viewpoints (e.g. front, side, top and low) for the preparation of your FORMAL ASSESSMENT (Criterion B: Developing Skills)

DUE DATE ON 25/05/16

WEEK of 02/03/15: You will be doing the second self-portrait in the style of Synthesis Cubism. FORMAL ASSESSMENT (Criterion B: Developing Skills). This time I would suggest you to have props in the photos (e.g. you may hold an musical instrument and pose freely to imply yourself like music very much). This work you need to apply collage and letterforms to demonstrate your understanding of the topic.

DUE DATE ON 06/06/16

Bear in mind to give detailed self-evaluation and reflection of work to each of the experiments on the DW.

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source: http://digital-photography-school.com/6-portrait-lighting-patterns-every-photographer-should-know
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source: http://aitzgorriphoto.com/2012/05/28/multiplicity-self-portrait-blackwhite/

I found this booklet last week and this is exactly what Picasso suggested to perceive subjects with multiple viewpoints on 2-dimensional surface. However, this is achieved by overlapping photos to have interesting transparent shapes.

Besides, I want you to prepare a piece of egg container (egg carton) for our synthetic portrait production (see below sample). If you are doubt about where you can get it, you may approach to the local grocery stores to ask for one. Most of the time the shop owner would give you free of charge! If you needed help please ask for your parents.

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Exemplar works

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