Talk about higher level thinking skills! This one is a doozy. I think it is a great way to introduce younger grades to the idea of abstraction.
We start by comparing some of Picasso's early, more realistic works with his later ones involving abstractions and cubism. We discuss the fact that Picasso mastered realism in his teenage years, and because he had a very creative mind, he wanted to try new ways of making art that were unique to him. So cubism was one of these inventions - taking forms apart, turning them into geometric shapes, and putting them back together. It was a way for the viewer to engage with the art, or "figure it out," like a puzzle.
We begin by drawing the front and back of a guitar
Next we color one in the negative space, and one in the positive space
Then we start arranging the parts, which have been cut into sections
Some of the final (and very impressive, I must say) results: