Self-Portraiture is a fantastic way for students to express their feelings and emotions in a safe, productive way! Use the “Grouchy Self-Portraits” PowerPoint as an art history lecture to introduce students to the concept of creating self-portraits as a way to share feeling of frustration. Students will see images of realistic oil paintings on canvas created by contemporary artist Klaire A. Lockheart. This lesson lasts one class period, and it is so easy to teach that it can be left with a substitute teacher, but it is so fun that you will want to teach it yourself. Students enjoy this drawing activity because they get to express their feelings. This activity also helps students write clear, cohesive artist statements.
This downloadable zip file contains the “Grouchy Portraits” PowerPoint presentation, which includes artwork, context, and a completed example of the project. There is a 2 page PDF lesson plan. The template for the frame and the artist statement is also included as a PDF file.
Anchor Standard: 1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Lesson Objective: Students will be able to communicate feelings of frustration through their art.
Lesson Activity: Students will write an artist statement and make a self-portrait expressing a time when they feel grouchy.
Materials: “Grouchy Portraits” PowerPoint, pencils, erasers, “Grouchy Self-Portrait Artist Statement,” and “Grouchy Self-Portrait Template”
Time: 1 Class
This self-portrait activity permits more creativity than a craftivity because it is student-driven and open-ended. It would be easy to extend the length of this lesson plan by allowing the students to color or paint their portraits. Additionally, this short project could easily be incorporated into Women’s History Month since the painter is a contemporary woman artist.