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Complementary Identity Portraits

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will examine their identities with words and phrases and use a complementary color scheme to create a self-portrait. Students will demonstrate high contrast by varying the values and intensities within their complementary color scheme.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will investigate color relationships in artwork.

Students will develop persistence through discovering ways of creating variety using a limited color palette.

Students will investigate ways of portraying the self in a work of art.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Demonstrate and explain simultaneous contrast.
  • Share paintings from the Op Art movement such as Bridget Riley and 1960s lithographs.
  • Show students ways complementary colors are used in artwork to create contrast and emphasis.
  • Demonstrate marker and colored pencil techniques.

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National Standards


Create

Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.

VA:Cr2.1.IIa

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

15 minutes

Student Studio Time

9 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Drawing paper or cold-pressed illustration board
  • Tracing paper
  • Graphite pencils
  • Portrait template
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Examples from the Op Art movement and 1960s lithographs

National Standards


Create

Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.

VA:Cr2.1.IIa

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Steps

Review Color Contrast

Examine and review color contrast through complementary colors in artwork.

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Instructional Materials

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Head and Face Proportions

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Simultaneous Contrast

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A Guide For Writing Artist Statements

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Expanded Color Wheel

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Formative

Color Theory Pre-Test

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