I came up with lesson this year because I was running out of clay and firing time! I wanted to give the students a chance to with with clay but I didn't have a lot of clay and I was running out of time to fire a lot of projects. I decided the plaques were fast to make and easy to stack in the kiln to get everything made fast and fired in time to paint.
It turned out that the students, especially my 8th graders, absolutely LOVED this project!
While the clay was drying, I added a portraiture lesson in. I taught the students how to draw realistic portraits and then portraits that had stylized features. We spent about 1 1/2 weeks drawing a portrait and designing faces for their final plaque design. It took the students about 5 days to paint and varnish their final plaque with tempera and Mod Podge gloss...no glazing needed!
The students really took their time painting and were very proud of their finished project. This project could also be made from paper mache covered cardboard if clay is not an option.(Use thick cardboard or doubled, perhaps even a large plastic lid would work well... to avoid warping) The Rays and sun circle could be cut separate and paper mache covered and attached with hot glue as raised relief or the plaque could just be a smooth circle covered carefully with paste and paper to provide a smooth surface for decorating
This 25 page product includes:
-An illustrated lesson plan with finished examples
-realistic style face worksheet and example
-5 worksheets for practicing stylized features with front and 3/4 view faces
2 worksheets to assist students with paint mixing ( handy when a student is absent from the guided lesson)
3 worksheets with patterns in the sizes I chose to use
-An Art history lesson about Talavera pottery from Mexico
A framework about suns in Art throughout history to make it easy for you to design a quick PowerPoint lesson for enrichment
-"I Can" Statements and an Inquiry Lesson topic idea
This was a fun, rewarding lesson to teach with a very high success rate! I received a lot of positive feedback from students, teachers and parents too!