Art Lesson - Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait

Art Lesson - Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait
Art Lesson - Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait
Art Lesson - Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait
Art Lesson - Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait
Art Lesson - Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait
Art Lesson - Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait
Art Lesson - Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait
Art Lesson - Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait
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This comprehensive art lesson combines art history and art appreciation with portrait and landscape drawing. It begins with students meeting in groups to observe and discuss the Mona Lisa. They then follow directions to draw their own self-portraits with a landscape in the background.

This lesson also introduces students to average, standard proportions in the human face.

Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait is bundled with two other lessons
in Art Lessons with Faces.

This art lesson includes the following:

- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- materials list
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- step-by-step directions for the art-making activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for connecting the activity to other curricular areas
- a suggestion for writing extension
- photographs of student work for reference

plus...Tips for Drawing Faces, which has helpful face-drawing suggestions, and How to Draw a Human Face, which describes and illustrates the standard placement of facial features in a portrait, and a printable oval template for optional use with the self-portrait art activity.

Also included: -Informational text reading/response printables:
• About Leonardo da Vinci - informational text artist biography
• Thinking about Leonardo da Vinci - a “draw and write” response worksheet

This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.

National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.

Because I teach in California, this 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:
Drawing People
Art Lessons with People
Wax Resist Self Portrait
Three Landscape Art Lessons

More Art Lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle - a sampler of my Art-integrated resources
Artist Biographies for Kids - informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Art Task Cards - self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Start With Art
- five exploratory Art lessons with focus on elements of art


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 and Share2Learn 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.

Ways to connect with me:
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