An easy cubism art project to do with your kids. All you need is card stock and some colored markers.

Easy Cubism Art Project


Cubism is one of my favorite art genres to teach. Because of the influences of contemporary artists (think Romero Britto), children are familiar with how artists transforms everyday objects into geometric shapes, which is a huge hit with this easy cubism art project.

An easy cubism art project to do with your kids. All you need is card stock and some colored markers.

The earlier influences of cubism (Picasso, Klee, Cézanne and Braque) are just as fun and colorful. When I taught my Cubist-Inspired Picasso lesson to Kinders, I drew a fish, cut the fish into sections and shapes. Then, as a group, we put the fish together again in a new and different way. This exercise was really fun and emphasized the concept of abstraction (to take apart) and ultimately cubism.

Cool way to teach cubism to young children.

My Easy Cubism Activities utilize the same concept: draw a familiar object then divide into shapes and lines. My third graders loved this project and although the instructions are the same, each child produced wildly different pieces.

I used Prismacolor markers for this project and are absolutely lovely. The colors are rich and heavy. Using card stock instead of sulfite paper makes coloring a pleasure. I read that using photo paper is a dream to use with markers so if you have a ream of that laying around, try it out!

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  • kpcarney@verizon.net

    Is there a literature book you would recommend to go along with this “easy cubism” lesson? I love how some of your art lessons include reading of a literature book 🙂

    • Patty Palmer

      Hi Susan,
      Great question. You could tie in a book on Picasso or Klee. Laurence Anholt’s The Girl with the Ponytail is and especially good one for cubism.

  • Amanda

    Does this packet include a picture to color THEN CUT and put back together? I love the fish you did in the beginning, simple enough for my first graders.

    • Patty Palmer

      Hi Amanda,
      The package includes two print outs of the same object: one plain and one patterned coloring page. There are a few options to create your own cubist projects. You can color and cut if you wish.

  • Garth Mramor

    I’m trying to download this, it doesn’t seem to work

    • sbfriar

      It’s in the ART THROUGH THE AGES bundle

  • Ronna Manansala

    Hi, i am very much interested to learn cubism. Mat i know if you have an on-line class on this subject? If you do, may i know how much. Thank you very much.

  • Gabriella Sanichara

    So cute 🥰

    • Gabriella Sanichara

      You are so good at this

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