Thursday, September 6, 2012


Next week, we will start a self-portrait unit!  Each grade level will do different types of self-portraits.  I wanted to start the year with self-portraits since this year theme is focusing on our individual strengths.
Famous artist throughout history have created self-portraits.  From Vincent van Gogh to Andy Warhol, artist use self-portraits to visually show who they are.
As we create our self-portraits we will answer questions about ourselves like:

  • What are the distinctive things that make me "me"?
  • How do I want people to see me?
  • How can I express my many different sides?
Kindergartners are going to focus on learning how draw and paint their face.  They will learn the correct positions of each feature on their face.  Kinders will work on creating correct skin tones, eye color, and hair. 

First graders will be creating thoughtful expressions. The students will learn about lines, one of the elements of art.  We will be using photography to create thoughtful poses.  Students will use lines, color, and words to create a representation of their thoughts about who they are.

Second grade will focus on whole body proportions.  Their art will include one item in their art that represents who they are along with their whole body representation.

Third grade will be creating self portraits using a printmaking process.  Their self portraits will be based on Andy Warhol's pop art movement.

Fourth grade will be creating a layered self-portrait that focuses on a contour line drawing on their face.  These will be very interesting!  I can't wait to see the finished products!

Fifth grades self-portraits will not be a traditional self-portrait.  The art of Andy Warhol is also the inspiration for this art project.  The fifth graders will be creating "All About Me" soup cans inspired by the iconic Campbell's Soup Can by Andy Warhol.  This project will give each students to express their individuality.

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