The students then colored the face using markers, and cut the image along the ruler lines. Students were given slightly larger pieces of paper, and the portrait was arranged on the paper like a puzzle. Then, before gluing, the puzzle pieces were slid in one direction or another and slightly rearranged, while still retaining enough visible elements of the face. When the students were satisfied with their compositions, they were given the go-ahead to glue them down.
Sometimes the images were filled with colorful patterns and designs, as in the images above, and sometimes the shapes were filled with areas of solid color, as in my sample pictured below.
For example, see the still life below, my sample. For this project, I looked at and drew a still life arrangement of various bottles. The drawings were 'fractured' with ruler lines before coloring. The drawings were then colored with oil pastels, using rich patterns. Though this wasn't cut apart as with the portraits above, it certainly could be.
Today I read a conversation on on the Facebook Art Teacher page, about whether to show students teacher examples of final products, or not. There were concerns about students copying if they saw your completed sample. However, I feel strongly that students need to see a finished example, so that they have an understanding of where they are going. Certainly, once it is shown, it doesn't need to be left out where it could potentially be copied. But I think that kids need to see something completed, to understand the level of craftsmanship you expect, and to help guide them with choices they make along the way. Just my opinion, I know.
Before I end this post, I need to give a shout-out to the wonderful Patty over at Deep Space Sparkle, who recently posted a cubism project available for purchase in her online shop. It was ironic that I unexpectedly uncovered these pieces a day after she had posted about her project, and I'm exceptionally appreciative that she gave me the go-ahead for this post despite the timing. Thank you, Patty, you rock!