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Mixed Media Biography Portraits

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will analyze the style of contemporary artist Riley Holloway and design a mixed media portrait, inspired by his work, using paint and drawing materials while incorporating typographical elements. They will discuss how their artwork connects with Holloway’s style.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will analyze the figurative and elemental portrait style of artist Riley Holloway.

Students will take a photo of their subject in everyday life.

Students will practice gestural drawing.

Students will refine their design by combining subject matter and supportive biographical and typographical elements.

Students will explore the social, cultural, historical, and personal aspects of contemporary portraiture.

Teaching Strategies

  • •Introduce the art of Riley Holloway and how his work connects with various aspects of contemporary portraiture.
  • • Show how to capture everyday life with pictures.
  • • Demonstrate life drawings and guide students as they practice executing them.
  • • Guide students through the use of text and typography.
  • • Assist students as they design their composition.

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National Standards


Create

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

Apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.

VA:Cr3.1.Ia

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

Prof.VA:Cr1.2

Apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.

Prof.VA:Cr3

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

15 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours and 20 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Digital camera & photo editing software
  • Printer or device to view picture
  • Canvas, board, or heavyweight paper
  • Paint (e.g., acrylic, tempera)
  • Paintbrushes & water cup
  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Mixed media options (e.g., colored pencils, pastels)

National Standards


Create

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

Apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.

VA:Cr3.1.Ia

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

Prof.VA:Cr1.2

Apply relevant criteria from traditional and contemporary cultural contexts to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for works of art and design in progress.

Prof.VA:Cr3

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Steps

Analyze & Explore

Analyze the portraiture of Riley Holloway. Explore a variety of figurative subjects that give visual insight on their everyday life.

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Instructional Materials

Artist Bio

Riley Holloway

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Figure Drawing Guide

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Biography Brainstorm

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Biography Portrait Reflection

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Facial Expressions Examples

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Facial Proportions – Female

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Facial Proportions – Male

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Head and Face Proportions

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Reflection

First, Then, Next Finally

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