Cubism & Shattered Images

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Here are some images when you do a Google search for "Shattered Images with Ken Vieth".  Ken Vieth is the author of From Ordinary to Extraordinary and it is a fantastic book containing wonderfully creative art projects for high school students.

The images presented here are representative of the assignment from his book and all copyrights belong to the owners of the art.


A style of art that stresses abstract structure at the expense of other pictorial elements especially by displaying several aspects of the same object simultaneously and by fragmenting the form of depicted objects (

A simple way to remember: taking objects, breaking them apart, reassembling to show different points of view simultaneously.

Student images: two above from the Scholastic Art Show and the ones below are student images from school.

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BMW symbol "shattered with wavy lines

Volkswagon car "shattered" with the VW symbol

Fish "shattered" with wavy lines

Butterfly "shattered" with wavy lines

Alice "shattered" with a clock

Flower "shattered" with lines

Lighthouse scene "shattered" with sun rays

Zebra "shattered" with lines

Rhino "shattered" with circles

Portrait "shattered" with clock

Portrait "shattered" with broken glass

Guitar "shattered" with diamonds

Camera "shattered" with circles

Apple "shattered" with words

Battle of Iwo Jima "shattered" with flags

1. Fill in the Google Doc: Shattered Image Planning Sheet

2. Use the answers from your planning sheet to complete the following.

3. For your final art, lightly draw your object choice as a LINE DRAWING in your sketchbook or on good drawing paper measuring 8 x 10 (or as close as possible to this measurement).

4. On top of the LINE DRAWING, lightly draw the outline of your "shatter" (refer to the examples above for inspiration on how to create your composition).  You are creating an abstract composition with the lines.

5. Using the pencil of your choice, shade EACH INDIVIDUAL SECTION of your drawing as a gradation, go from light to dark OR dark to light.  Do NOT shade OVER your lines.  Each section has its own range of gradation, as shown in the shading examples below.


7. When done, attach your final art to the Google Doc: Shattered Image -FINAL ART