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Expressive Selfie

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will interpret the work of Henri Matisse, Egon Schiele, and Howard Tangye. They will create a soft pastel self-portrait drawing using color and mark making to visually communicate an emotion while incorporating elements from the interpretations of the studied artists.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will investigate how different artists use selective colors and mark making to communicate an emotion.

Students will explore visually communicating a personal theme by planning a work of art that shows a selected emotion.

Students will apply mark making and selective coloring to produce a representational soft pastel drawing.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce the art work of modern and contemporary portrait artists: Henri Matisse, Egon Schiele, and Howard Tangye.
  • Facilitate a discussion on how the artists select color and types of marks to communicate their goal.
  • Teach how to use soft pastels for a variety of marks and blending as well as how to take care of material.
  • Demonstrate drawing a self-portrait using a mirror or photo resource.

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National Standards


Create

Formulate an artistic investigation of personally relevant content for creating art.

VA:Cr1.2.6a

Reflect on whether personal artwork conveys the intended meaning and revise accordingly.

VA:Cr3.1.6a

Reflect on and explain important information about personal artwork in an artist statement or another format.

VA:Cr3.1.7a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

15 minutes

Demonstration Time

50 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours and 20 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Chalk pastels
  • Pastel paper or construction paper
  • Picture-taking device & printer
  • Mirror
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Spray fixative
  • Images of art by Matisse, Schiele, and Tangye
  • Optional: charcoal pencils or vine charcoal

National Standards


Create

Formulate an artistic investigation of personally relevant content for creating art.

VA:Cr1.2.6a

Reflect on whether personal artwork conveys the intended meaning and revise accordingly.

VA:Cr3.1.6a

Reflect on and explain important information about personal artwork in an artist statement or another format.

VA:Cr3.1.7a

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Steps

Analyze & Discuss Portraiture in Art History

Analyze the portraiture of Henri Matisse, Egon Schiele, and Howard Tangye. Discuss how they used color and mark making selectively. Interpret what emotions the art examples may convey.

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Instructional Materials

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The Emotion of Color

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Artist Bio

Howard Tangye

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Howard Tangye Discussion Guide

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Artist Bio

Egon Schiele

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Egon Schiele Discussion Guide

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Reference

Facial Expression Guide

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Worksheet

Plan Your Portrait

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Peer Assessment

In Progress Peer Review

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Reflection

Reflective Artist Statement Guide

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