Art Lesson - Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait

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This art lesson combines portrait and landscape drawing with art history and art appreciation.

Students observe and discuss what they see in the Mona Lisa, draw their own self-portraits with landscape backgrounds, and learn about standard proportions in the human face.

The lesson suggests the use of construction paper crayons or pastels on black paper; however, if these materials are not available, it can just as successfully be completed with regular crayons on white or gray paper, or with the use of chalk on black or dark gray paper.

Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait 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 on Drawing Faces, which has helpful face-drawing suggestions, and Drawing a Human Face, which describes and illustrates the standard placement of facial features in a portrait. Also included is a printable oval template for optional use in 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 lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis.

Listed grade levels are suggestions only; this lesson can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.

********PLEASE NOTE********
Mona Lisa Inspired Self-Portrait is bundled
with two other lessons in Art With Faces.

Other related art lessons you might enjoy:
Drawing People
Art Lessons with People
Wax Resist Self Portrait

Additional 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

Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion

Try these free Art resources:
Making Time For Art -- suggestions and ideas for integrating art in the classroom

Looking at Art with Kids
- using well-known art works to supplement the curriculum


I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. 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.

Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids, for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.

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Art Lesson - Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait
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Art Lesson - Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait
Art Lesson - Mona Lisa Observation and Self-Portrait