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Art Room #5 behind the Blue door was active with engaged students learning the tricks of making a self portrait.
Older children learned how to measure and place the eyes in the center of the face between the top of the head and the chin. Younger children were guided on how to find the middle of the face to place the eyes.
Everyone looked in the mirror and say the shapes of their features before recording the details.
After making a lightly drawn face we traced it with a sharpie marker. We added a background with patterns and textures just like our artist Vincent Van Gogh. Below is a link to a very interesting short video of Van Gogh Self Portraits you and your child may enjoy! http://www.vangoghgallery.com/misc/selfportrait.html
After using the sharpie markers to outline the drawing we wet the background with water before applying paint. We left the skin on the drawing the color of the paper.
Now that the background is completely dry students can add skin color at home. If they don't have skin color paints they can easily use their pallet to mix the right shade for their skin tone.
Where is my Clay?
Jean Frank Stark
I make art and have taught to children for over 20 years.