Cakes inspired by Wayne Thiebaud

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Wayne Thiebaud is an American artist who worked in the ’60s. He is often associated with the Pop Art because of his choice of subjects (objects symbol of consumerism such as cakes, candies, chewing gum, hot dogs, cosmetics, toys). Thiebaud, however, has always refused to be inscribed in an artistic movement. In the 8th grade class we were inspired by this American artist to draw our cakes, imitating the Thiebaud’s painting style with oil pastels. The results are excellent, bright and very personal!










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  1. What a beautiful work 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment, to me and my students like all comments, especially the positive one! Keep in touch! 🙂

  2. These are amazing! Absolutely gorgeous!!

    • Hi Lucy! Thanks for your comment… I put the drawings all together on a wall into the school and the effect of colors is really amazing! 🙂

  3. Jaci stucker says:

    Great projects kids, I’m inspired by thiebaud too here in China at AISGuangzhou . Retiring this year but have lots of articles to send in to school arts magazine next year. Keep up the colorful explorations kids! Jaci

  4. Wow Jaci! You have a lot of experience! I’m very glad to meet you, how many languages do you speak?

  5. Love this project. I’m going to try it with my 2 & 3 graders, without value. I’m excited. These are beautiful.

    • Hi Melissa! It will be a great work!! Your blog is amazing! Tell me when you will publish these works inspired by Thiebaud! 🙂

  6. Please see our middle schoolers beautiful Thiebaud cakes from Oakland California..your blog is an inspiration! Thanks!

    • Hi Alice! Your cakes are amazing! And your students are very talented, thanks for sharing your experience!! 🙂

      • Hi Miriam- Would you ever consider any kind of collaboration with our students and yours? Maybe they could each start works and then trade and each group could complete the others???

  7. Hello Miriam, Job well done to you and your students! I teach elementary art in the United States; My students would love this Wayne Theibaud inspired project. This project is a great way to introduce tints and shades.

    • Hi Tarik! Thanks for your comment! we are going to do another mixed media project about Wayne Thiebaud, and we’ll focus on the position of the objects to get the sense of space and three dimension in a drawing. Keep in touch!

  8. I’ve done a simplified version with my third graders every year. And Wayne Thiebaud continues to make great art at 94!

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