We then discussed portraiture and looked at self-portraits by three different artists.
|"Self-Portrait", Vincent Van Gogh, 1889|
image found at www.vangoghgallery.com
|"Self-Portrait with Bonito", Frida Kahlo, 1941|
image found at wikipaintings.org
|"Self-Portrait", Jacob Lawrence, 1977|
Image found at worldclasskids.tripod.com
We learned that a portrait generally depicts a person's head, facial expression and neck (and sometimes upper-half of the body) in detail. Students spent a class painting line portraits of themselves (from observation using a mirror) and their family members (from imagination) in wash (paint mixed with water).
The following week, students read the book "The Colors of Us" by Tana Hoban and we discussed how each of our skin colors is different. Students spent the class mixing the primary colors with black and white (on palettes) to make the skin colors for themselves and their families. Students then added these colors to their paintings from the previous week.
Over the next few weeks, students worked hard to mix many different colors and use a variety of brushstrokes when applying paint to their portraits.
Students completed paintings by adding a background (either their home, a place that is important to them and their family, or a solid color) and details (glasses, eyelashes, jewelry, etc.) to their portraits.
Please enjoy 1st Grade's Family Portrait Paintings!