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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Cubist Superheroes

Created on October 25, 2013 by MrsImpey

In this lesson, high school students will learn about Picasso and his different periods of art styles, including cubism. As the culminating activity, they will choose a superhero to depict in the cubist style.

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10 sessions; 40 minutes per session

By the end of this lesson, SWBAT...
1. Describe the characteristics of cubism.
2. Discuss how life events affected Picasso’s artwork during his three artistic periods.
3. Create a cubist representation of a super hero using acrylic paint.
4. Identify the order in which a painting should be constructed in.

1. Picasso notes (attached)
2. Picasso power point (attached in PDF format)
3. Acrylic paint
4. Acrylic modeling/texture medium
5. Paint brushes
6. Water buckets
7. Canvas board
8. Paint palettes
9. Black Sharpie markers

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Day 1: View power point on Picasso and fill out notes on him. For homework: Students must choose a superhero to depict in the cubist style and bring in a color photograph of him/her.

Day 2: Demonstrate how to break down the character into shapes. Reiterate that cubism uses geometric shapes and multiple perspectives. Review project guidelines from the worksheet and rubric. Students take the period to draw out their superhero.

Day 3: Use acrylic modeling medium and acrylic texture medium to add any wanted physical texture to the canvas.

Day 4-6: Demonstrate how to blend colors on a canvas to create value. Students paint the background first.

Day 7-10: After background is painted, students work on painting the superhero. The last step is to fix any fine details, outline characters, etc. Sign and date with a Sharpie marker.

See attached rubric.

1. 2-D Drawing Unit (packet and drawing portion of this unit):

2. My personal blog articles that pertain to this unit and lesson (see Unit 2 links on the following page):

This project is part of my 2-D Art unit. It is the second lesson out of three (the first is drawing, the last is printmaking). Before we started the cubism painting portion, students did have a weekend sketchbook assignment to do a drawing of their superhero using the realism style. This way, we can do some comparison work of the realistic style versus the cubist style.

**This project is based off of the Superhero Series by pop artist Mike Esparza (found on Pinterest). He has created an entire series of superheroes done in the style of Picasso.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[9-12 Proficient] Students evaluate the effectiveness of artworks in terms of organizational structures and functions
[9-12 Proficient] Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems
[9-12 Advanced] Students demonstrate the ability to compare two or more perspectives about the use of organizational principles and functions in artwork and to defend personal evaluations of these perspectives

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[9-12 Proficient] Students reflect on how artworks differ visually, spatially, temporally, and functionally, and describe how these are related to history and culture
[9-12 Proficient] Students apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in their artworks and use the skills gained to solve problems in daily life

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[9-12 Proficient] Students compare characteristics of visual arts within a particular historical period or style with ideas, issues, or themes in the humanities or sciences

Pablo Picasso


Color/Value, Contrast, Form, Line, Proportion/Size, Rhythm/Pattern, Shape, Space, Texture



  • angelacloud 05/21/2015 at 06:44pm
    I think this is an awesome lesson and I am totally going to try it. I just wanted to let you know the link (Pablo Picasso Superhero Project.pdf) doesn't work.

    Thanks for posting this! I love your blog as well!