There are huge developmental benefits to incorporating art early on in a child’s education.

It improves motor skills as they learn how to hold scissors to cut paper and hold oil pastels to draw. For very young children, they learn how to talk about their art and name the shapes they are creating and the colors they are using. When children decide on what colors they like to use together, it helps with developing their critical thinking and decision making skills as they discover their own interests! Studies have shown that there is a correlation between art and other achievement, perhaps because they learned how to use art as an outlet for their creativity! With that being said, let’s dive into this Easy Cubism Project for kids!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

You can find the products below at Amazon, Dick Blick, C2F, and United Art and Education. Click on the image itself to shop for it at our Amazon store.

Cubism project using maped products

Cubism project using maped products

Step 1

Choose 4 colors of the same or similar hue. Using the darkest oil pastel and the triangle as your stencil, trace triangles all over the paper. Make sure most of the triangles overlap somehow. Encourage kids to go off the paper with their triangles, not every triangle needs to be completely on the page. This helps children think outside the box… literally. 😉

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Step 2

Use the second darkest oil pastel and start coloring in some of the enclosed spaces, making sure to evenly space out the color across the page.

Cubism project using maped products

Step 3

Repeat Step 3 using the two remaining colors.

Cubism project using maped products

You can also choose to leave some spaces blank for some white space.

Cubism project using maped products

Variations

  1. Choose a bright paper with contrasting colored oil pastels.
  2. Use the protractor or little ruler instead of the triangle.
  3. Get creative and mix and match your own variation!

Cubism project using maped products

To add complexity for older kids, have them draw something else to layer on top so their cubism piece acts as a background!

Cubism project using maped products

The image above was drawn using the markers below. Click the pic to buy them on Amazon.

Cubism project using maped products