Second graders are creating their self-portraits while learning to map and measure their faces to draw the features of their face in proportion.
Here is a simple idea for an animated portrait using two apps: Keynote and Ezgif.com
I wrote a post over the summer about how to use keynote for making portraits: explore it here. This will help you go through the steps of importing a photo, tracing over it, and using transparent color shapes to fill the portrait with color.
The kindergarteners learned how to draw their self-portraits after they created a quick pre- sketch. Here they are comparing their finished paintings to their sketch. They used my ERASER method to help find the right placement and size for the eyes and ears. Then we measured against each feature to draw the lips, neck, and shoulders.
Step One: Build a Face
Step Two: Practice Sketch
Step Three: Pin the Feature on the Face
Step Four: Draw the Portrait
Step Five: Color Mixing for Skin
I put out containers of white with squirts of red, blue, and yellow (the primary colors) for students to stir up. We don't get too caught up in our exact shade. Instead we see that we're all made from the same ingredients.
Step Six: Paint everything else
This is the most stressful day of the project. The kids have 1/2 hour to paint HAIR, EYES, LIPS, and the SHIRT. We have to wash and dry our brush between each step, try hard not to drip all over the portrait, and understand where to paint as we paint.
This is the day that makes or breaks the lesson. HINT- Don't do this step the day before Spring Break (like I did once UGH!)
Step Seven: Black Marker
For this step, I DRAW-then THEY DRAW. I want to guide them through each step of the portrait to help them think and make thoughtful decision. I draw digitally so that I can show them what NOT to do. Then I hit UNDO and ask them if they can do that with their permanent black markers. That helps them slow down and avoid mistakes as they work. Sometimes we watch our superhero BLACK MARKER video for before we begin.
Step Eight: Cut out
You would think this would be a very straight forward step, but kindergarteners have a way of surprising you. I've seen them follow black lines into the interior of the portrait and cut off ears, shoulders, and even heads. So, I give them a pep talk before we cut to try to help them focus on cutting away the WHITE paper. I pretend to cut the wrong lines and ask them what would happen? This prevents lots of mistakes. If all goes well, they may even have time to look at their before sketch next to (after instruction) art.
Finished Portraits on Artsonia
Digital Extension: Chatterpix
The Plan: Speak through our Art
The kindergarteners have already started learning the Kindergarten song with their music teacher. So, we sang it again together using my audio recording and my visual lyrics sheet. These are both available for download on TpT here.
The plan was to download their portraits from the dropbox, load it into chatterpix, draw the line between their lips, and speak one part of the Kindergarten song.
The Results: Super Cuteness
A few nerves and recording issues slowed down the process. So, the 10 minutes in each class remaining after setting up the portrait wasn't enough to record the whole song. However we have this super cute video to show for ourselves. Thank you to Mrs. Beane for lending another set of hands and helping to troubleshoot our time issue.
Here is the second verse sang by K-4 to our visitor from Oklahoma.
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
Because Dryden has maintained an online digital art gallery for over 11 years we can look back at how each artist has grown over time. The fifth graders are completing their self-portrait paintings drawn in a 3/4 pose. All those that were here in kindergarten can compare their results to their kindergarten self-portrait painting. Those that came to Dryden after kindergarten and were here in 2nd grade can compare their work to their winter self-portrait. I uploaded all the completed comparison images to this gallery on artsonia so students can reflect on their growth through their artist statement.
Kindergarten-VS-5th Grade Edit name by Slidely Slideshow
Oh my! Look at this treasure I found in an old blog post called "As Cute as a Kitten Video" where a group of the current 5th graders are singing the kindergarten song as KINDERGARTENERS as they line up at the end of art class. I suppose this is one of the benefits of keeping the same teacher at the same school for years, she also celebrates the growth of her students.
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.
I was digging through my old student project files when I came across a wordle.net project from December of 2008. Wordle was all the craze around then so, I wanted to try it with my 5th grade students. I had them type on a spreadsheet 75 words about them. The first five words were their name repeated since we wanted their name to be the largest word in their word cloud. I prompted them when they ran out of ideas with questions like:
Are you a brother, son, grandson?
What is your favorite after school thing to do?
What is your favorite in school thing to do?
What words would others use to describe you?
What words would you like others to use to describe you?
The project became very reflective. Students had to start digging deep to come up with their other 70 words. I did allow them to repeat a few of the most important words two or three times so the word cloud would emphasize them.
While they were working I pulled them to the green screen (which back then was actually blue roll paper) in the back of the art room to pose for their artistic photo holding a paint brush and wearing a smock.
We combined the word cloud image and the artistic photo using Keynote on the laptops. This was the only tool I had available at the time for masking out the background (using instant alpha) and easily layering images. We used drop shadows and frames as they designed their layout with overlapping.
If I were doing this project today I would have students do every step on the iPad using
1. Notes to brainstorm and write their 75 words
2. Word Cloud to paste in and create their cloud then design their layout
3. Superimpose to layer their images together, mask their photo, and save
I have a tutorial showing how to layer and mask images using the superimpose app here.
The images can also be layered in the latest version of the Green Screen app by DoInk now that you can resize images.
I heard great news today for our Kindergarten artist Aleena. Her self-portrait was chosen from over 750 pieces submitted from art teachers throughout the state of Illinois to be a part of the 2014-15 Illinois Art Education Association Student Art Show. She will be honored at the artist award celebration with the other 39 students who had art selected for this year-long traveling art show.
Our third graders just finished their monochromatic self-portraits in 3/4 poses. As an extension to this project I asked them to create a 6 word poem about themselves. These became their artist statements on Artsonia and the words they would use along with the Wordfoto app to create a new digital piece of art. They turned out beautiful!
See wordfoto gallery on Artsonia and some examples below.
See the original artwork gallery on Artsonia.
Learn more about this project including our Monochromatic Fugleflick here.
Download my handout here.
Sharing images with students for iPad projects can be tricky. I don't want to spend my whole class period teaching students to login to my dropbox, fish through my folders, and risk accidentally deleting or moving something important to find the image they need. So I found a new way to quickly share out images using the dropbox WITHOUT students logging in. It gives me all the flexibility of sharing out images on the fly without and risks. View my tutorial below to see how it works. Don't have Dropbox? Click here.
We are the 2nd place winner of the ISTE Technology in Action Video Contest.
See my post for more info.
View our Entry for the What's Your Story
Internet Safety Contest
(Won the 2nd Place Prize)
View this musical tribute to the hard working teachers at Dryden and the students they love to teach.
Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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