Focus on the human face and tap into students’ imaginations with these three imaginative, comprehensive art lessons. Students create abstract faces inspired by Pablo Picasso, practice blind contour drawing, and learn a little color and composition theory.
Picasso-Inspired Abstract Face Drawing includes directions for drawing a realistic face using standard proportions. One-Minute Faces is inspired by Alexander Calder’s wire sculptures. Torn Paper Face is a challenging collage activity which helps students learn to consider and use negative space as part of an overall composition, in the style of Eldes Oliveira.
Each of the lessons includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art vocabulary and related vocabulary
- suggestions for the use of related art works OR suggestions for related read-alouds
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art-making activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- directions and suggestions for looking at and discussing art
- writing extension suggestions
- photographs of student work for reference
- instructions for drawing a face with standard proportions
- some helpful tips for drawing faces
- a color wheel for reference
- directions for making a color wheel
- informational text about Pablo Picasso
- response worksheet: Thinking About Picasso
These comprehensive lessons are designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis; and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
Because I teach in California, each 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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All of the lessons in this bundle are also available individually:
Torn Paper Faces
Picasso-Inspired Abstract Faces
Related art lessons:
Art With Faces
Abstract Art For Kids
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
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
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
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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