Monochromatic Self-Portrait Triptychs
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 map out the face
Students learn about observational drawing with mirrors, the 3/4 pose, and contour line drawing as they practice placing the features of their face on an oval.
This Fugleflick teaches us a lesson about contour line drawing from the wise old Grandpa Pencil. View it here.
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The initial drawing for the triptych was on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of printer paper. We traced the final design and erased all the mapping lines. See the whole gallery here.
The lesson is available on TpT. Click here to view.
Making a Triptych
Students traced their portrait three times starting from the right. They were careful not to trace into the previous portrait so they would overlap. Both eyes needed to show for each portrait. This was not as easy as I hoped. But we figured it out with light tracers and windows as aides.
Each of the portraits will have a one-color palette. We began by painting anything that was skin the base color at our table. The we rotated to the next table to paint the next face. Next week we will paint a tints and shades of these same colors in the remaining places. Look below at how the fourth grade triptychs look after day one of painting.
Finished Paintings: See the gallery
This fugleflick teaches the definition of monochromatic. See the video here.
Monochromatic from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.
10/13/2019 05:55:30 am
How many sessions did this take (and how long are your classes?!) I feel like this lesson would take my fourth graders so long to complete. Your results look amazing!
10/13/2019 11:27:15 am
Yes, it does take a long time. I see students for 45 minutes once per week. I'm guessing it will take around 10 weeks.
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