Giant Cardboard Self-Portrait Busts in Grade Four

I am the official cardboard recycling queen! I can’t throw away anything especially cardboard because of it’s sturdiness and versatility. Turn those big cardboard pieces you want to throw out into gorgeous self-portrait busts! After practicing and drawing their faces, … Continue reading

Modigliani Self-Portraits in Grade Three

I found this lesson idea over at Art Projects for Kids and decided to try it with my grade three students.  I am a new fan of Amedeo Modigliani and the kids are too. After looking at many of the … Continue reading

Falling Back Self Portraits in Grade Five

I saw this idea in  Oodles of Art and thought I would give it a try with my grade five class. I gave out 18×24 white paper and we discussed what someone falling back  might look like from a bird’s eye.

Next, everyone thought about a place they might like to ‘fall back ‘ into. It could be a real setting or make-believe.

Once everyone had chosen their background they were ready to begin drawing. They took off their shoes and outlined them at the bottom of the page- their shoe bottom should show the detailed texture found on the bottom of their shoe.  Next they outlined their hands  with open fingers on the sides of the paper. Have the students work in pairs with the outlining part of the lesson.

Finally the kids added their head and body and all of the details. They outlined their work with a black marker and colored in with pencils and crayons or oil pastels. A watered down paint wash was added to the background.

Pretty neat huh?


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