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Lesson Plans

RE: self-portraits

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Julie Brady (jbrady)
Tue, 5 Oct 1999 16:52:54 -0500 (EST)

I began a self portrait/caricature project today with my fifth graders that
is turning out to be just a scream! We have been studying how to draw a
face. We practiced faces using a grid made by folding the paper to put the
features in the right spots and looking in mirrors to study the shapes that
make up our faces. I had them pick their favorite (they were done on 12x18
newsprint). Over their portrait they used rulers to make a 3 inch grid
(3 vertical lines and 5 horizontal). I then gave them a heavy piece of
drawing paper the same size. I had them make another grid with the same
amount of lines, but this time the lines had to be wavy and drawn very
light (to be erased later). They then transfered the lines in each square
from the original drawing to the wavy grid. Their lines and shapes became
very distorted as they worked square by square. The kids have a blast (and
this group is really hard to get excited about school!) They loved the
results as their faces took the form of being viewed in a fun house mirror,
and I laughed watching them! We are going to add color with oil pastels.
Each student will pick a either warm or cool colors to enhance their
caricatures. I think the end results are going to be wild! I introduced
the project with Surrealism and Salvador Dali.