This self-portrait drawing art lesson is inspired by art works by Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee. Students use contour drawing
and watercolor wax resist
to create colorful portrait compositions that follow standard face proportions
but are not dependent on drawing ability for successful, creative results.
The lesson includes a “looking at art” introduction which focuses on specific portraits drawn by Picasso and Klee, with a comparison of those two art works.
This lesson includes the following:
- list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for looking at art by Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for art-making
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- suggestions for writing extensions
- photographs of student art work for reference
- Tips on Drawing Faces
- Drawing Tips
- Comparing Art - a printable Venn Diagram worksheet for students.
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis.
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.
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Self-Portrait Wax Resist is bundled
with two other lessons in Art Lessons With Faces
Related Art lessons of interest:
Art Lessons With People
Fun With Abstract Faces
Additional Art Lessons and 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
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
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
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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