For this lesson, students combined what they learned about portraiture and abstract art to create an Abstract Self-Portrait.
I began the project by asking “Why do artists try new things?” and “How does art evolve over time.” I showed students 14 self-portraits that Picasso made over his life time, from age 15 to age 90 and talked about how his style changed over time. Then I showed additional examples of expressive portraits.
After watching the presentation, students began brainstorming ideas for their portrait. I printed out a few lists of different emotion words and pictures of different feeling faces for students to reference.
Next, students began sketching their final draft. At this stage, they needed to decide what materials they would be using for their final draft and what paper they would need (drawing paper, watercolor paper or construction paper).
After drawing their composition with color, students chose how they wanted to color their picture–either with crayons, markers, colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolors, collage, or a combination of materials.
Once they finished creating their portrait, each student wrote four sentences describing their work.