How the Cubing Strategy can be Used in Art Class

What is Cubing?

Cubing is typically used in the classroom as a writing strategy to help students develop prewriting skills. Each side of a paper cube has a word on it. Examples of the words are: describe, compare, analyze, associate, apply and argue (for or against.) Check out this website for more information on cubing.

How Can Cubing be used in ART?

Cubing can be used in the art classroom as a strategy to help students develop creative skills. The example below uses the cubing strategy as a creative and fun tool to introduce new concepts to students. They practice creating while using the cube. (Plus they make and decorate the cube!)

This Ceramic Cubing Activity will be used with 6th graders as an introduction to their clay project. The clay project is making a Grant Wood inspired landscape out of clay. They need to know how to complete all six concepts before they start their project. Download my Ceramic Unit Cube by clicking on the template below.

Steps for Creating a Cubing Activity

1. Students create their own cube using the blank cube template.  Photocopy the template onto cardstock. You can download this PDF of a blank cube by clicking on the image below.

2. Have students individually write in the activity/word/concept on each side of the cube. See my sample above to look at the placement of these concepts.

Here are the concepts for the each side of the cube I used:
• Make 5 spheres
• Throw a slab Roll a slab
• Make 3 cubes
• Roll 3 coils
• Make a pinch pot
• Score and slip two coils together in a circle


3. Students can add color to their cube using colored pencils, markers, or crayons.
4. Students assemble the cube using scissors and glue.
5. Students roll the cube to complete each activity using clay.


Have you ever used the cubing strategy in your classroom?

What other concepts or topics could you use cubing for?

Cassidy Reinken

This article was written by former AOE writer and life-long learner, Cassidy Reinken.


  • cfrobeyinc

    I have used this strategy when I was long term subbing for a 7th grade reading class. I just never thought to use it in art….thanks for sharing! Love it! The Grand Wood inspired clay project sounds really great as well!

    I like the website you shared that also have information on differentiation strategies to use and ones that can be applied to the art classroom. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the art projects the students are working on that it can be sometimes simple to forget “how do I teach the new concept”? All of these different strategies help with that.


    • Thanks Cathy! I feel like the possibilities are endless with differentiated instruction and the art classroom.

  • I also think this could work well for students who finish early.  Perhaps you could put review concepts or mini projects that revisit past concepts from that school year as a refresher for students. They could roll the dice and keep busy with something meaningful! 

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