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Contour Self-Portraits

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will analyze the work of Alexander Calder. They will use permanent marker to draw three different types of contour line self-portraits and apply watercolor paint to enhance their artwork.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will analyze the work of artist Alexander Calder.

Students will learn about the different ways lines can create portraits.

Students will experiment with various contour line drawing techniques to create different styles of self-portraits.

Students will use watercolor paint to enhance their portraits, including parts that look like “mistakes.”

Students will present their portraits together to show their similarities and differences.

Teaching Strategies

  • Read parts of Alexander Calder: Meet the Artist! To the students and discuss images of Calder’s wire sculptures.
  • Introduce line as an element of art.
  • Demonstrate and discuss the differences between contour line, continuous contour line, and blind contour line.
  • Teach watercolor paint care and techniques.
  • Assist students in preparing their artwork for display.
  • Facilitate a discussion about the different techniques used to explore the styles of drawing.

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National Standards


Create

Brainstorm collaboratively multiple approaches to an art or design problem.

VA:Cr1.1.2a

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.1a

Engage in exploration and imaginative play with materials.

VA:Cr1.1.Ka

Brainstorm to generate multiple approaches to an art or design problem.

2.VA:Cr1.1

Engage in exploration and imaginative play with various arts materials.

K.VA:Cr1.1

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

20 minutes

Demonstration Time

15 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 20 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Mirror
  • 6” x 18” construction paper
  • 12” x 24” black construction paper
  • Black permanent marker
  • Watercolors in primary colors
  • Sketchbook or drawing paper, pencil, eraser & glue stick
  • Images of Calder’s wire sculptures
  • Alexander Calder: P. Geis, ISBN 978-1616892258

National Standards


Create

Brainstorm collaboratively multiple approaches to an art or design problem.

VA:Cr1.1.2a

Explore uses of materials and tools to create works of art or design.

VA:Cr2.1.1a

Engage in exploration and imaginative play with materials.

VA:Cr1.1.Ka

Brainstorm to generate multiple approaches to an art or design problem.

2.VA:Cr1.1

Engage in exploration and imaginative play with various arts materials.

K.VA:Cr1.1

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Steps

Explore & Analyze

Explore and analyze the life and artwork of artist Alexander Calder.

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Contour and Continuous Line Drawing

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What Is A Contour Line Drawing

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What Is Contour Line?

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Artist Bio

Alexander Calder

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