Learning how to draw portraits, and self portraits in particular, is a traditional step in the art education process. This assignment is meant for advanced or AP level art students and focuses on adding a contemporary twist to a traditional self portrait drawing assignment.
Students are asked to draw a self portrait, primarily using graphite pencils, that has at least one realistic facial feature and an alteration of some kind. The alteration is up them them. They can distort their face, draw a reflection in another object, add unusual objects, take something away, the possibilities are endless.
See the presentation I use introduce the project to my students. The PowerPoint includes project info, examples of the range if interpretations there are for this assignment, and a quick look at artist, Egon Schiele. In addition to the PowerPoint, this also includes an in-depth lesson plan, complete with supplies, resources, implementation, a rubric, homework/sketchbook assignment, in-progress critique sheet, and national standards.
I include PowerPoint, Word docx, and PDFs of all my resources in one convenient zip file.
**If using for AP Art, cut the timeline in half to two weeks, rather than four to complete the assignment.
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