Students will produce a self-portrait for the cover of a community newspaper. Through this portraiture, students will use the concepts of highlighting and shading in order to create a work that gives an illusion of depth.
Relation to the Series:
This is the 3rd part in a series of Community Lesson Plans. This lesson reiterates vocabulary and ideas learned in lessons one and two as well as introducing the idea of self-contribution, self- portraiture, and the concepts of shading and highlighting.
- Heavy weight, white, drawing paper
- white paper shaped like a folded newspaper
- black construction paper
- oil pastels
- mirrors (enough for one per student)
newspaper clippings, self-portraits done by artists and a pre-lesson worksheet. (See photo section) Artists include: VanGogh, Picasso, and Chagall.
self-portraiture: a picture/drawing/photograph done of a person by that person
proportion: an equality between items/ratios
awareness: paying attention to
layout: arrangement or display of items
shading: to darken, absence of light
highlight: to add light
Students will be given a worksheet to fill out before beginning lesson. The worksheet (see photos section) enables students to use the skills they already have regarding to portraiture and drawing, as a warm up in a fun way. The teacher holds up the worksheets to explain what they are going to do. On the top two rows the students will fill in the missing parts of the faces. In some cases it is hair, in others it is facial features. When they reach the last two rows, they have to look in the mirror at themselves before filling in the missing parts which may be mouth, eyes or ears among others. “Pay attention to detail. Who can tell me what detail means?" The teacher listens to student responses and guides them toward the right answer if they are not getting there themselves. The teacher asks if there are any questions and answers, then passes out worksheets to students.