Cubist painting related to the culture from which it came and its validity today in the high school curriculum

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Fenton, Virginia K.
Portland State University Library
Cubism; Painting -- Study and teaching (Secondary)
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Cubism has often been referred to as “a dead art.” It is the objective of this thesis to present evidence gained through working with high school art students that the study of Cubism, at the secondary level, can result in greater creativity and a genuine appreciation of the abstract. In addition to the study of Cubist artists and their techniques, a correlation was made between art of the early 1900’s and other areas such as Social Science, Music and Literature of this time. By this method, the students were given a broader insight into the motives of the Cubist artists. The personal involvement of each student in the progressive changes from objective representation of subject matter to quasi-nonrepresentational painting provided them with more open attitudes in understanding art of the past and of the present. Photographs of student work from an advanced art class at Reynolds High School are offered as evidence to support this thesis.