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Symbolic Self-Portraits

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore how artists communicate emotions through color. They will create a self-portrait with tempera paint to represent their moods and emotions through color choices as applied to patterns. Students will add details with colored pencils.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will understand how color can symbolize emotions, moods, or characteristics.

Students will examine ways to convey ideas about themselves through art work.

Students will examine various types of portraits in art.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Show students a variety of portraits that explore the personality of the subject.
  • Lead a discussion on the proportion of a face and head, and demonstrate how to create their portraits.
  • Support students in brainstorming a list of personal characteristics.
  • Review color theory and color properties.

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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

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

2 hours and 30 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Tempera Paint
  • Paint palette or container
  • Water container and paint brushes
  • Paper towels or napkins
  • Colored pencils
  • Graphite pencils and erasers
  • Construction paper
  • Glue sticks

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

Brainstorm

Brainstorm moods and emotions to convey personal characteristics. List colors that convey feelings.

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Instructional Materials

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Artist Statement Flow Chart

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Mind Mapping

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Head and Face Proportions

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Why is Color Subjective

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Types Of Portraits

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Color Theory Basics

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Reference

Tempera Plus

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Formative

Tempera Techniques Pre-Test

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Critique

MidPoint Critique Approaches

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