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!