Cubism Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught history, and has an MA in Islamic law/finance. He has since founded his own financial advice firm, Newton Analytical.

Cubism is one of the most defining art styles of the 20th century. Use this lesson plan to walk them through an explanation of Cubism, especially focusing on differences between Synthetic and Analytical Cubism. Use our lesson to outline the facts before students delve into their own imaginations to create their own pieces of art.

Lesson Objectives

After this lesson, your students will be able to do the following:

  • distinguish between styles of Cubism
  • explain the differences between Analytical and Synthetic Cubism.
  • outline the development of both styles of Cubism


  • 30 minutes for the lesson
  • 45 minutes for the activity


  • Plenty of old magazines
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Construction Paper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes

Curriculum Standards


Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.


Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.


Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

Key Vocabulary

  • Pablo Picasso
  • Analytical Cubism
  • Synthetic Cubism

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