Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fourth grade Modigliani Self-Portraits

I love this lesson.  My sweet friend at  Art in the Big Green Room shared it with me a few years ago.  I like this approach to teaching self-portraits because we discuss how Modigliani abstracted his faces.  I think this takes the pressure off the students from having to create an absolutely realistic self-portrait.  It's a resemblance!  We discussed (at length...we had some very insightful discussions during this lesson!) Modigliani's artwork and made a list of the characteristics seen in his art.  The students painted their background with a shade and mixed neutral colors to create a skin tone.  They create their self-portrait using Modigliani features and explored mixing and blending oil pastels to create unique hair colors and designs for their shirts.  I really love introducing the students to a wide variety of artwork.  Yet again, I love how these turned out!


  1. Oh, yeahhhhhh!!! These turned out excellent, Allison. I need to get back to this lesson!!! Wouldn't it be cool to make them as sculptures?! My wheels are turning!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, I wish I learned this when I was little 😊

  3. THANK YOU!!! what a wonderful lesson plan, I have an assignment on finding a lesson plan from a teacher about this artist and this is PERFECT!