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.
4th graders are finishing up their monochromatic self-portrait paintings drawn in a 3/4 pose. Student studied their faces and features in mirrors, measured, and revised their work. Their sketches were so amazing that we photographed them for Artsonia too.
Below is the front page of a handout I created for the students. We used a shade (color mixed with black) to paint shadows. We used the base color (straight from the bottle) for the rest of the skin. We used a tint (color mixed with white) for the background. The hair and shirt were painted with a neutral (color mixed with black & white). We layered tints and shades on the hair with brush strokes that enhanced the direction and texture of hair. We layered a pattern with the base color on the shirt.
One of the biggest struggles for young artists is to draw their own hair and clothing in a convincing way. This side of the handout showed some examples to get them started.
All students went step by step through the drawing. We mapped out the face, measured, and studied our features in the mirror. This ppt lesson helps students problem-solve.
To help students prepare for their self-portrait before we move to the good paper, we practice drawing all the features of our face using the handout I designed below. I like to put the handout in my iPevo interactive software and use the interactive board to draw. Students can come up to the board and give it a try too.
Monochromatic uses the lyrics of this original song to explain the meaning of the word. The visuals are full of hints as to what monochromatic means as well.
Black Marker (super silly) is a favorite movie demonstrating how a black marker line can cover sloppy edges in paintings and bring back all the details into focus.
Digital Extension: Triptych
Since students were randomly given their color pallet for their portrait, this digital extension will give them a chance to see what their portrait would have looked like in a different color. They will use the brushes app on the iPad to shift the hue twice. Then they will put the original and two new versions together in Pic Collage as a triptych.
I've taught this before in the old iOS using an old app that is no longer supported. So, I reconfigured the lesson a bit. View the old post here.
Student results: go to gallery on Artsonia
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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View this musical tribute to the hard working teachers at Dryden and the students they love to teach.
Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT,
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