ART LESSON PLAN
Name: April Wilson
TITLE OF LESSON: Cubism Hands
LEVEL: 5th Grade NUMBER OF LESSONS: 1
STANDARDS & Benchmarks:
Standard 1 Benchmark 2: Students will use colored pencils to create cubism hands that create a
maze of hands.
Standard 2 Benchmark 3: Students will apply the visual effect of tinting and shading to create
light and darkness.
Standard 4 Benchmark 3: Students will discuss cubism art and create their own interpretation
using their hands.
MEDIA: Colored Pencils
-Students will create a cubism hand composition that applies dark and light values.
-Students will make a minimum of four hands and three lines for their composition.
-Students will choose a color scheme for their cubism hands.
1. Did the student use light and dark values on their optical illusion?
2. Did the student follow instructions and apply good craftsmanship to their cubism
3. Did the student apply a visible color scheme to their optical illusion?
MATERIALS AND RESOURCES:
Prior knowledge: Students are familiar with using color pencils and cubism art but
haven’t practiced tinting and shading.
Motivation: Before beginning the lesson the students will briefly discuss cubism art
and look at an example by Georges Braque. A brief demonstration will also be given on
how to create value with color pencils.
Demonstration of technique
1. Demonstrate to students how to create value with color pencils on the board.
2. Next trace your hand on a white 8 ½” * 11” paper four times. Briefly discuss how
the composition should have balance meaning the hands fill the space of your paper.
3. Take a ruler and draw at least three lines cutting across the page and intersecting
hands. The lines serve the purpose of creating more cubes on the page and should be
from different angles.
4. Choose a color scheme for the composition (eg. monochromatic, nature, warm,
5. Color individual cubes using a different color for each cube. Each section will apply
the value scale of light to dark.
Instructions to students
1. Write on the board the art supplies needed for class (color pencils, pencil, eraser
2. Choose a volunteer to pass out white papers and instruct students to write their
name and code on the back of their paper.
3. Discuss cubism and value scale with the students.
4. Demonstrate the process of creating a cubism hand composition.
5. Give students a fifteen minute warning of the time near the end of class.
6. Three minutes before the end of class ask students to clean up all their art supplies
and return any borrowed art supplies to the art cart. Pick up the artworks and any
examples on the board before leaving the classroom.
Ask the students to share their artwork at the end of class and share the color scheme
they used. The cubism hands will be hung in the hallways.