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'Cubist Portraiture'




“We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realise the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand”.
Pablo Picasso

Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso, was the celebrated founder member of the Cubist movement. Along with French contemporary, Georges Braque, they created controversy in the very early 20th Century with their highly unusual and fascinating style of art. It had run its course by the end of the First World War, but left a lasting legacy. Cubism was concerned with 'simultaneity' - depicting several angles at once. The colours were vivid and the lines were bold. The result was a distorted, abstract image - beyond the real. Using oil pastels, Year 7 pupils at Chaucer Technology School created these interesting Cubist portraits:






Year 9 pupils at Seaford Head Community College also experienced this abstract approach to portraiture:





And below are examples of how Year 12 Photography students at Chaucer Technology School used digital photography and electronic editing techniques to create animated Cubist portraits. Working from three images (forward, three quarter angle, side profile) the clone brush tool is used in Adobe™ Photoshop Elements to progressively render in multiple angles on to one outcome. Several stages of the transition are saved as individual still frames and imported into Windows Movie Maker to create the movie: