This self-portrait drawing art lesson is inspired by both 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.
Wax Resist Self-Portrait is bundled with two other lessons
in Art Lessons with Faces.
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 for Drawing Faces
- How to Draw a Human Face
- Comparing My Art - a printable Venn Diagram worksheet for students.
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.
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Self-Portrait Wax Resist is bundled
with two other lessons in Art With Faces
Related Art lessons of interest:
Art Lessons With People
Fun With Abstract Faces
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
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
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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