Wayne Thiebaud Cakes

5th Grade Wayne Thiebaud Cakes

Fifth grade learned about famous artist Wayne Thiebaud who made a living creating stunning oil paintings of sweets. We used chalk pastel on colored construction paper to create our own version of his cakes. We learned about the elements of art form and value. We also learned blending techniques with the oil pastels.


I can draw a three dimensional form

I can use chalk pastel

I can create a sense of value using tints and shades

I can recognize great american artists



12X12 black and red construction paper

chalk pastels (each student needs a white for sketching)


  1. Show Video of artist interview:https://youtu.be/vI_QJ5D9Qm8
  2. look at images of his work https://www.google.com/search?q=wayne+thiebaud&safe=strict&espv=2&biw=1024&bih=643&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjjh6D-4YHLAhWLqx4KHSjXCFYQ_AUIBigB
  3. Demonstrate how to draw a cylinder and take a cake slice out. Emphasise geometric shapes they would recognise form math- STEAM connection!!
  4. Go over proper use of chalk pastels
  5. Students first draw cake with white chalk so it can be erased and colored over
  6. Color in shapes
  7. Go back and add shadows with a analogous color. Talk about the element of art VALUE.



FA.5.CX.1.2 Recognize key contributions of North American artists in history.

FA.5.CX.1.3 Classify North American artists in terms of styles, genre, and/or movements

FA.5.CR.1.2 Critique personal art based on established criteria and expressive qualities.

FA.5.V.2.3 Create realistic, imaginative, abstract, and non-objective art.


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