Thursday, December 10, 2015

4th and 5th Grade Self-Portraits

In this challenging lesson, the students created self-portraits from observation. First, they learned about average facial proportions - how big eyes are, where the nose is relative to the eyes, where the mouth is relative to the nose, where the ears are, etc. Then, using mirrors, they drew their own faces, keeping those proportions in mind. For the background, the students were inspired by the artist Frida Kahlo and her portrait backgrounds that were full of symbolism. The students created a background to represent themselves in some way - what they like to do, how they are feeling, personality traits. 

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