This lesson was made for one of my mixed classes. It is my advanced art class which is made up of Art 2 and Art 3 students. Instead of separating all the lessons I chose to combine them so we learn the same concepts and challenges at the same time but then do different projects at the end to reflect what they have learned or put into practice. This class is all about understanding and using the elements of art and principles of design to make better decisions and judgements when creating and viewing art.
These papers go along with my separate Value, Contrast, and Emphasis powerpoint. They include a student critique organizer to help guide students in putting their judgements about a work of art into words, an elements of art and principles of design handout explaining how to use each concept effectively, a personality portrait planning handout that has students look at other artists' work and describe what they like about it and how they would use such a characteristic within their own project, a drawing in ink lesson plan, a personality portrait lesson plan, an ink and charcoal drawing grading rubric, and a personality portrait grading rubric.
In my art 2 class they first focus on basic shading trying to shade the 5 geometric shapes to look smooth and 3D. The next part of their exploration into ink and chalk is to create a balanced composition that has no images. If they stay completely abstract in their preliminary assignment then they must only think about how the concepts of the lesson help or confuse their composition. After they have proven their compositional and shading skills they may apply it onto whatever they wish to create for their final ink and chalk project. I have them draw from at least two references to create an original composition.
The art 3 project is to create a self portrait that sends a very specific mood/feeling or message. They must use their symbolism and images very carefully in this project to communicate to the viewer what they are trying to say. They may just be communicating happiness or anger but they may also be trying to send a more profound message like some that I have included in the powerpoint such as feeling like your opinion as a teenager doesn't matter, feeling like you are constantly being branded by everyone around you, feeling like you are in a different world when performing, etc. Students must use abstract thinking to pull off their self portrait that communicates their opinions or feelings.