4th graders are working on drawing their self-portrait in a 3/4 pose, tracing it three times into a triptych, then using monochromatic palettes with tints & shades to paint.
Learning to draw realistically:
The sketches were SO amazing that I photographed them (applied a high contrast filter to make them purely black and white) and uploaded them to Artsonia. We will start painting these next. View the gallery of sketches here.
Finished paintings are in our Artsonia gallery here.
Learn about George Washington:
While students are learning to draw George Washington, it's a great time to learn about who he was. Below are links to some of the resources we use.
This George Washington Portrait lends itself nicely to a bunch of digital extensions.
Students learned about masking and layers as they replaced their portrait face with their own using the Green Screen App by Do Ink. View the gallery here.
Students used my custom photo booth effect to talk through George Washington's portrait and share a fact about him they learned while creating his portraitto make this.
Try animating the expression on your George Washington Portrait. See this post to find out how you can do this using a free app Brushes Redux and Ezgif.com to make a GIF.
I love to draw portraits. That's my thing. My most challenging portrait lesson is the 3/4 pose. I designed a step-by-step tutorial for my students to guide them through mapping out the face, measuring the features in proportion to the whole, and creating a contour line drawing of their face turned to the side so only 3/4 show. Download the lesson from tpt here.
Watch the slideshow of presidential portraits to see how artists have painted. Look for their use of value and 3/4 poses.
When we finish our portraits we will take a digital picture of them on our iPads, erase the backgrounds in superimpose and layer them into a magazine template. Here students will get a chance to describe the things they will one day do to make their mark on the world for good.
See this lesson and resources here.
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