Focus on the human face and tap into students’ imaginations with these three imaginative, comprehensive art lessons. Students create abstract faces inspired by Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, and Andres Oliveira, practice blind contour drawing, and learn basic color and composition theory.
Picasso-Inspired Abstract Face Drawing includes directions for drawing a realistic face using standard proportions. One-Minute Faces is inspired by Alexander Calder’s wire sculptures. Torn Paper Face is a challenging collage activity which helps students learn to consider and use negative space as part of an overall composition, in the style of Eldes Oliveira.
Each lesson in this bundle is also available individually.
Lessons included are:
Alexander Calder Inspired One Minute Faces
-- Students explore blind contour drawing technique. Includes Calder biography with worksheet and an art reflection worksheet.
Pablo Picasso Inspired Abstract Face Drawings
-- Students learn standard face proportion and use geometric shapes to draw an abstract face. Includes guidelines for human face proportions, tips for drawing human faces, information about Cubism, an art reflection worksheet, and mini-biography of Picasso Picasso with related ‘draw and write’ worksheet.
Torn Paper Face Collage
-- students use torn paper to create an expressive face using two colors. Includes printable color wheel, directions for making personal color wheel, and an art reflection worksheet.
Each lesson includes the following:
- National Core Visual Arts Standards information
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art vocabulary and related vocabulary
- suggestions for the use of related art works OR suggestions for related read-alouds
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art-making activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- directions and suggestions for looking at and discussing art
- writing extension suggestions
- photographs of student work for reference
• instructions for drawing a face with standard proportions
• helpful tips for drawing faces
• printable color wheel for reference
• directions for making a personal color wheel
• Alexander Calder biography and worksheet
• Pablo Picasso biography and worksheet
• three art reflection worksheets
These comprehensive lessons are designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis; and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of each lesson.
This resource also includes a description of the National Core Visual Arts Anchor Standards and an overview of ways Art education supports other areas of the curriculum.
Because I teach in California, each lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
Related art lessons:
Art With Faces
Abstract Art For Kids
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
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I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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