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.
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 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.
I received an email from a teacher asking about our Self-Portrait lesson in Fifth Grade (view the full gallery of images on Artsonia). I thought, maybe someone else might like to hear the same answers I gave her about how we do this project and my product recommendations so I posted the questions and my answers below:
1. Do you use Tempera paint? Yes, What brand? Sax's brand Versatemp
2. Do you pre-mix fleshtones or have the kids do it? I use the multicultural paints and let them pick one for skin and one for shade of their skin.
3. How do you handle the distribution of paint? I have these great containers that we just keep refilling. We call the skin colors by number just to have a reference. I write the number on the lids (looks like these). I see a lot of different colors in your students' work, but I can't imagine having every color out on every table! With these containers I just set out three strips of colors one is skin, one is primary/secondary and one is black, white, gray, and browns.
4. Do you have them outline with Sharpie last? I prefer Redimark Permanent markers because they're thicker and juicer. I show them our movie about black marker first to get motivated to rescue their painting from Sloppy Brush.
5. How do you get them to do such a nice, neat job?!
Thank you! but I really try to enforce craftsmanship. I just wrote an article about Good Artistry for the May issue of School Arts Magazine. You can view it here.
My Kindergarteners are getting ready to create their self-portraits. One of the hardest things about this process is finding the right place to put the features of the face. We played my homemade game, Pin the Feature on the Face to challenge them in a completely new way to find the right place for the features of the face:)
Take a look below at how the self-portraits turned out last year (or view the gallery on artsonia)
I packaged up this lesson as a printable poster and/or letter size images that you can download and print out for you and your students to use. This is a great way to introduce the features of the face or Picasso's cubistic portraits.
This lesson is available 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
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(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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